The State of Guerrero in Mexico has witnessed a surge in violence, with two separate incidents highlighting the region’s ongoing struggle with criminal activities. Following an alleged drone attack in a remote village on January 4, the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Guerrero confirmed five fatalities, with another six people killed and 13 injured in a subsequent shootout during a cockfight in the same state, two days later.
The first attack occurred in the small town of Buenavista de los Hurtados, within the district of Helidoro Castillo. Officials attribute the violence to a clash between rival criminal groups, La Familia Michoacana and Los Tlacos, vying for control of the area. Drones, reportedly operated by cartel members, were believed to have been involved in the attack, alongside gunmen. However, the investigation into the incident has faced obstacles, as locals have not cooperated, hindering efforts to gather information about the victims or those involved.
The Ministerial Investigative Police collected charred remains from the crime scene, but relatives rejected genetic testing to identify the victims, and no cooperation was received from the community during interviews. This resistance has complicated the ongoing investigation, and the use of technology, such as cartel-operated drones, adds a new layer of complexity to the evolving tactics employed by criminal organizations in the region.
Meanwhile, in the city of Petatlán, also in Guerrero, armed men targeted a local arena where a cockfight was taking place. State prosecutors indicate that members of the criminal organization El Gavilán fired upon another local group, El Ruso de Petatlán, in their dispute for control of the area. The Ministerial Investigative Police are actively working to clarify the events and bring those responsible for the violence to justice.
These incidents underscore the challenges faced by authorities in Guerrero as criminal organizations vie for dominance in the region, utilizing evolving tactics and technologies, including the deployment of drones in violent confrontations.