The deadly ambush occurred in Jalisco State on the coastal road near Puerto Vallarta. The deadly toll included 15 killed and five wounded. State police were travelling in a convoy when they were blocked by a burning vehicle. Once the cars were stopped, the assailants opened fire on them.
While information is still sketchy, the attack is being blamed on the local drug gang. The New Generation Gang is known to control that territory of western Mexico and speculation has it that no other criminal gang would have the cojones to interfere in the New Generation Gang’s territory.
This may signal yet another escalation of violence in the Mexican drug wars. March 23, the Mexican police killed the leader of the New Generation Gang. The murder of police may have been a revenge move.
Mexico has been in a long and violent war with drug traffickers. Drug traffickers are at war for territory and influence. Many people in positions of power in the government have been named as corrupt and aiding the deadly thugs.
The situation has been steadily worsening. The innocents are often caught in the crossfire of the gang warfare. September 2014 saw 43 young men disappeared after police and small town mayor in Guerrero state loaded them onto a bus. Later, it was revealed that the mayor had deep ties with one of the local gangs. No one has found them or their remains. At first the government in Mexico City tried to ignore the incident but anger at such corruption has kept the hope alive that at least the students’ bodies may be recovered.
Tourists from N. America continue to flock to Mexico’s sunny coastal resorts. When the snow falls and parkas are the rule in Canada and northern US, a cheap all inclusive holiday at a seaside resort has immense appeal. I have vacationed in Mexico more than once and found it wonderful. Times have changed and the Canadian government is urging a high degree of caution. Some areas should simply be avoided because of the high level of gang violence.