SR Mexico (Security Rating: 4) - At least Eight Command-Level Police Killed in 72 Hours: At least eight command-level police officers have been killed in the southern state of Guerrero since March 8, according to local reports early March 11. The murders occurred in the municipalities of Chilpancingo, Petatlan and Ciudad Altamirano.
iJET Analysis: The state of Guerrero has traditionally been controlled by the Beltran-Leyva organization. Since its former leader Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed in a shootout with Mexican marines in late December, a fierce battle has been waging for the control of smuggling routes and selling points in many areas of the state of Guerrero. While no shootouts have been reported in Guerrero's tourist destinations, foreigners visiting Acapulco and Ixtapa should stay in the hotel strip.
SR Mexico (Security Rating: 4) - Drug Cartel Violence Rising in Mexico City: According to Mexico's Reforma daily March 11, drug-related murders are rising in Mexico City's metropolitan area. A recent study indicates that between January and March, at least 137 people have been murdered in different neighborhoods in Mexico City, compared to 100 homocides registered during the same period in 2009.
iJET Analysis: Unlike many states along the US-Mexico border, Mexico City has not been at the center of the drug war. This report confirms that the current dispute between different factions of the Beltran Levya organization and Los Zetas has intensified in recent weeks. Just hours after the report was issued, Mexico City's public security minister acknowledged that the police force has been outpaced by criminal organizations. The European Union issued a statement late March 10 saying that the escalating violence in Mexico has prompt many European governments to warn its citizens against nonessential travel to northern states in Mexico.
SR - Situation Report: Evolving situation or event
Security Rating 4: High Threat