After the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) took control of the public security apparatus in Acapulco, Guerrero, the US embassy in Mexico asked its citizens not to travel to that tourist destination for the violence and insecurity.
In a “security alert” issued on Tuesday afternoon, the embassy reported that the armed forces “have disarmed the municipal police and have taken over the command and protection of the municipality until further notice.”
Guerrero is part of the zones that the US Chancellery considers “high risk” – along with Colima, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas – and, in that sense, has prohibited its officials from visiting the state, since “armed groups operate independently to the government in many areas. ”
In a joint operation of the Secretaries of the Navy and National Defense, which also involved the state and federal police, on Tuesday at least 18 officers of the Acapulco municipal police were arrested, along with Max Lorenzo Sedano Romano, secretary of Public Safety of the locality, and Rafael Vidas Valdez, director of Municipal Transit.
“The decision implemented by the Guerrero Coordination Group was due to the increase in the incidence of crime that has been registered in the municipality and the lack of action by the municipal police to deal with the criminal phenomenon,” the state government said.