An army patrol in Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, stopped 2 police cars that were following them as they were conducting raids on the cartels. The police officers had cell phones with them, which is prohibited because of the widespread use of them to contact the drug gangs. All five police officers were arrested and charged with spying on the military and aiding organized crime.
Gunmen aboard 10 vehicles ambushed Coahuila State Police as they were responding to a call in Torreón. The police officers were able to call for back-up and a gunfight ensued over a period of 40 minutes that left 5 dead (2 of them police officers) and 5 gunmen arrested.
In Durango, police discovered 5 bodies, all with signs of having been tortured, while 6 dismembered corpses were discovered near El Sauz, Chihuahua, 5 men and one woman. There were 2 more killings in Sonora, 4 in Jalisco, 2 in Nayarit and a body of a youth was discovered in Michoacán, his hands tied and rolled up in a carpet.
All told, yesterday was a particularly vicious day with 54 killed, bringing the yearly total to 4236 (5236).
For a map of the killings: click: Narco-killings