Tourists and residents in Acapulco look at the body that washed up on shore on Sunday, April 15
Mexican law enforcement take the body away in front of the tourists in Acapulco, on Sunday
Tourists found the unnamed man’s body floating face-down in the water off Caletilla Beach after a suspected shooting.
Armed troops and forensics personnel were seen carrying the body off the tourist-packed sands, on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
One soldier had to stop a lifeguard from taking a picture of the corpse on the sands that have become all too accustomed to such brutality.
It is unclear how the man died, but Guerrero state, like many others in Mexico, has long been crippled by gang and drug violence.
More than 30,000 murders were recorded in Mexico last year as rival drug gangs.
Despite its former glamour, Acapulco in Guerrero state, one of Mexico’s poorest provinces and one of the most ravaged by organised crime,. These gangs or cartels in recent times have increasingly splintered into smaller, more merciless groups.
The Guerrero region itself is home to numerous poppy fields used to produce opium, the main ingredient in heroin.
In Acapulco, locals who depend on tourism as their main source of income are understood to bring guns to the beach as protection.
Soldiers in the tourist-friendly city of Acapulco look at the bullet-riddled body.
Acapulco is still in the midst of its worst crime wave in a decade, with as many as 12 people murdered every day, reports claim.
Bombed out burning vehicles, tourists being forced to to navigate their way past the dismembered bodies of cartel victims as drug violence escalates in Acapulco, cordoned off parts of streets where the carved up corpses lie strewn in the Mexican holiday town. These are all part of the Acapulco experience, today for the unwary tourist.
Frequent sight: Tourists are forced to drive around the burnt and carved up remains of cartel victims in Acapulco, Mexico
Famed for its big beautiful beaches and as a playground for the rich and famous the city has descended into chaos as it became a battleground for warring cartels.
Just yesterday a car filled with tourists drove past burnt and dismembered corpses on Lazaro Cardenas Boulevard in the city.
Last month the US government told citizens not to go to the former party town as it was revealed Mexico suffered nearly 30,000 murders last year alone.
In January 2016, a man swam up to shore with a handgun and shot a beach vendor three times in the chest before escaping on a jet ski.
That “execution” was the fourth of its kind on Acapulco Bay, and the shooters escaped on every occasion.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox has proposed legalizing opium poppy production as a way to help end bloody turf battles fought by drug cartels in various parts of the country.
The body was reported to have washed up just feet from tourists
Fox served as president from 2000 to 2006 with the center-right National Action Party but has since distanced himself from the party.
The ex-leader cited the violence-wracked southern state of Guerrero, arguing that drug legalization would curtail cartel profits and boost safety.
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