Wednesday, October 9, 2013

México: Thirteen Federal Cops Arrested in Acupulco on Charges of Kidnapping, Homicide

According to The Latin American Tribune, thirteen of eighteen people arrested in an operation targeting a criminal gang in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco are active-duty federal law enforcement officers.

The eighteen suspects, thought to be involved in seven homicides and four kidnappings, were arrested during the period October 2-4 thanks to a tip from a Mexican citizen.

COMMENT: Having worked in México both as a US Department of State special agent and later as a retired agent providing security consulting services to Mexican clients, the one "take-away" I learned from my years in México was to urged foreign visitors to avoid Mexican police at all costs, as the majority of cops are either corrupt or corruptible. 

The only exception to the above rule is if a foreign traveler has sustained material losses from a criminal acts while in México, which mandates that that they obtain a copy of a police report stemming from their material losses, in order to file an insurance claim back home. Note: Always obtain a translated copy of the police report from a court-certified translator.

To underline the above statement, please consider that in the short time that President Enrique Peña Nieto has been in office, since December 1, 2012, 81 federal police officers have been arrested in conjunction with alleged crimes.

The National Statistics and Geography Institute calculates, on the basis of a public survey, that in 2012 there were 105,682 kidnappings in México.

It should also be kept in mind that 105,682 kidnappings represent only those abductions actually reported to police, which means that roughly 60% of kidnappings are never reported to Mexican police, largely because of reprisals by cops who regularly commit crimes.