Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Zihuatenejo, Guerrero: Federal forces corner kidnap gang; leader dead, latest victim not found

I've been to Zihuatenejo numerous times. If you're visiting Ixtapa and want to rent a good offshore fishing charter you have to go to Zihutenejo to find one. It always struck me as a really sleepy little coastal town. You may also remember Zihuatenejo as the dream destination of Morgan Freeman in "The Shawshank Redemption". It is now a prime stop on the "highway of death" which stretches along Guerrero's Pacific coast from Acapulco to Lázaro Cárdenas.

The feds discovered the kidnapping gang lead by Miguel Ángel Valencia Bracamontes was holed up in a "safe house" in Zihuatenejo. As federal, state and local forces surrounded the house early this morning, he opened fire with an AK 47. He's now the late gang leader . . . late, as in dead, DOA, FORD (Found On Road Dead). The feds captured his wife and three other members of the ring.

They did not, however, find Dr. Isidro Olivares, kidnapped on March 1. His family had paid an 800,000 peso ransom but it looks like they'll not be getting him back.

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