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Week of March 5

Guadalajara
During the early afternoon of March 9, an extended gunfight took place between Mexican law enforcement and a local Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) in an upscale neighborhood within two miles of the residence of the U.S. Consulate General’s Principal Officer.  Shortly after the incident, which saw the arrest of high-ranking members of the TCO, a large number of illegal blockades were created by the TCO throughout the city by commandeering and setting fire to buses and trucks.  Two deaths have been blamed on the blockades.  Several of the blockades, as well as some follow-on law enforcement activity, were within close proximity to the U.S. Consulate General and its employee residences. 

During the afternoon of March 7, a couple was shot and robbed by two men on motorcycle near Minerva circle, a popular tourist destination in the city.  They were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Matamoros
On March 5 at approximately 4:15pm, there was a report of a rolling gun battle near Colonia Las Cultura.

Sinaloa
According to a local newspaper, there were 27 homicides reported in Sinaloa during the previous week, of which 37 percent took place in Navolato, Sinaloa. 

Week of March 19

Guadalajara
On March 17, a dead body was found hanging from a bridge in Guadalajara along with a banner signed by the local leader of the Zetas.  The banner was directed at El Chapo, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel.  The U.S. Consulate General reports that this type of public display of bodies has not been common in the area.

During the night of March 24, an American Citizen and her husband who live on the same block as the U.S. Consulate General’s Principal Officer were the victims of a home robbery.  The two victims were tied up while three men took their belongings and car.  The victims were unharmed during the robbery.

Hermosillo
On March 20, the newspaper El Imparcial reported that police officers searched a hotel in Ciudad Obregon looking for a kidnapping victim.  The newspaper stated that one kidnapper was killed, and a police officer was injured.

Local media reported on a shooting incident that took place on March 22 in Sinaloa on Highway Benito Juarez in which seven people were killed. 

Local media also reported on a shooting incident March 22 on a bus in which a 17-year old boy sustained three gunshot wounds to his leg while confronting an assailant.   

Monterrey
Two American Citizens were victims of a robbery while travelling on a bus from Texas to Zacatecas via Monterrey.  They reported that gang members were onboard the bus as passengers and were armed with automatic weapons. The victims reported that the gang members stopped the bus en route to the scheduled destination in order to rob the other passengers.

Nogales
The evening of March 20, a woman was raped by two men after using a public bus to leave downtown Nogales.  The woman has since been hospitalized and released.

Week of March 26

Guadalajara
On March 27, the body of a deceased American citizen residing in Puerto Vallarta was found in his apartment.  Mexican officials continue their investigation, but preliminary reports indicate that the deceased may have been the victim of a homicide.

Matamoros
The Mexican military blocked part of Primera street between Nardos and Bugambilias streets to search a vehicle.  No violence was reported.

Week of March 26

Guadalajara
On March 27, the body of a deceased American citizen residing in Puerto Vallarta was found in his apartment.  Mexican officials continue their investigation, but preliminary reports indicate that the deceased may have been the victim of a homicide.

Matamoros
The Mexican military blocked part of Primera street between Nardos and Bugambilias streets to search a vehicle.  No violence was reported.