It has been reported that Monday saw 100 police in a number of police stations across Nuevo Laredo arrested by federal agents and the military.
The action is part of President Calderòn's efforts to control the mushrooming violence of the war between drug organizations for turf and against the government which is increasing its efforts to control them.
It is believed that last year over 2000 people were killed in Mexico in this war. Monterrey had been free of this violence for some time but that has changed with over 50 people killed recently — many of them police officers.
The poorly paid police are not so difficult for cartels with multi-million dollar incomes to influence. Those who are not bought are targeted.
Monday also saw 20 victims of gang violence across the country. Cancun, as previously reported, had 5 people, 3 men and 2 women found murdered with their heads covered with plastic bags and their hands tied together. Quite an image for a prime tourist destination.
CNN reports today that President Calderòn's efforts to fight the wave of violence and killings that has been spawned by increasingly violent and visible power struggles between rival Mexican cartels are paying off.
Mexican police arrested today 7 "alleged drug gang hit men" in Acapulco, a major tourist destination for both Mexicans and foreigners. The police confiscated 7 assault weapons, "several" pistols and a store of ammo.
The assistant secretary of public safety commented that "The escalation of violence we are seeing ... [and] the power of these criminal gangs comes from the ease with which they get weapons" on the American border. "Their firepower is impressive."
On 7 February the San Diego press reported that "Drug Violence in Acupulco Threatens Mexico's Tourism Industry". Hotel owners and businessmen are not pleased with the bloody drug wars and what had previously been a "live and let live" attitude by police.
One of the more blatant attacks by the gangs was at noon on Tuesday when assassins entered two state police station dressed as soldiers. They demanded the cops' guns and then opened fire on them. Five police investigators were killed along with two secretaries. Witnesses noted that they videotaped their attack. Third World violence, drug wars and miscellaneous savagery are embracing Web 2.0 and becoming en-gadgeted.