Two men were found tortured to death inside an abandoned cabin on a beach in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco.
Beach workers made a gruesome discovery at Playa Condesa Thursday morning around 6 a.m. after receiving a tip from an anonymous caller and municipal police.
The victims were found lying face down, with their hands tied and a piece of wood pierced over their necks.
The names of the people were not revealed by the Guerrero State Attorney General’s Office until Friday.
Two men were found tortured to death inside an abandoned cabin on a beach in Acapulco, Mexico, on Thursday morning.
Authorities said beach workers received an anonymous call and found the two men dead inside the cabin near a bar on Playa Condesa in Acapulco on Thursday.
Prosecutors said the men’s bodies bore signs of “ligature torture” with “signs of torture around the neck.”
Mexican drug gangs frequently kill their victims by suffocation, either by strangling them or by wrapping their heads in duct tape or plastic bags.
The victims were among six people killed in a period of less than 24 hours.
Two severed heads were found abandoned Wednesday near a school and one on a main road.
The beach murders come a week after Niko Honarbakhsh, 44, was killed during a shootout between drug dealers at the Mia Beach Club in Tulum, the popular resort on the Caribbean coast.
ABC News reported that Honarbakhsh, the wife of a former DEA agent, was living in nearby Cancun at the time of her death.
Belize’s national and local drug trafficker, Shawn Billary, 22, also died during the shootout.
Billary had cocaine and pills in his possession, the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office said.
Mexican law enforcement officers remove body bags containing the bodies of two men who were found tortured to death inside a cabin on an Acapulco beach on Thursday.
Acapulco police remove one of two bodies found dead inside a cabin on Playa Condesa in Acapulco, Mexico, on Thursday. The city reported 31 murders in
Acapulco, located along the Pacific Ocean coast, was once a favorite landing spot for Hollywood’s elite that since 2006 has been plagued by violence caused by rival cartels and gangs fighting over territory for drug trafficking.
To combat crime, a security force made up of 16,000 members of the National Guard, military and state and local police patrol Acapulco, where visitors have slowly returned after Hurricane Otis devastated the city in October.
The storm left 52 dead and destroyed and damaged hotels (a fraction of the city’s hotel rooms); around 7,000 have been repaired.
In early February, the state government deployed 60 armed detectives to patrol beaches “in light of recent violent events.”
At least three people were shot to death on the beaches of Acapulco that week, one of them by armed men who arrived (and escaped) aboard a boat.
The strong military and police presence has not been enough to keep the violence at bay.
In January, Acapulco’s main chamber of commerce reported that threats and gang attacks caused about 90 percent of the city’s passenger vans to stop working, affecting the complex’s main means of transportation.
The cartel and gangs have been fighting over drug sales and proceeds from extorting protection payments from businesses, bars, and bus and taxi drivers.
At least 465 people were murdered in Acapulco in 2023, compared to the 453 homicides recorded in 2022.
The city ranked sixth in the country with 31 murders reported in January.
Niko Honarbakhsh, 44, wife of a former DEA special agent, was shot to death when she apparently became caught in the crossfire of a dispute between drug cartels at a luxury Mexican resort on Sunday.
The US State Department has issued a travel warning to six states, including Guerrero, due to crimes such as vehicle theft, kidnapping, robbery and homicide.
American travelers have been advised to take extra caution when visiting Quintana Roo, where Cancun and Tulum are located.
In December 2023, Canadian citizen Samy Tamouro, 37, was shot at a gym in downtown Cancun and died while being rushed to a medical center after he was denied treatment at the first hospital he was taken to. they carried.
In April 2023, eight bodies, including three skeletal remains, were found scattered around Cancún.