5 slain in attack on drug rehab centre in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Gunmen killed 15 people in a mass shooting at a drug rehabilitation centre in the northern border state of Chihuahua in what was apparently a feud between drug gangs, Mexican authorities said Wednesday.

The Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said “initial investigations prove that the attack was related to drug distribution and the feud between the Mexicles and Aztecas gangs.”

Subsequently, prosecutors’ spokesman Carlos Huerta told the Milenio television news channel that the initial death toll of 14 had risen when another shooting victim died of his wounds.

Prosecutors said at least seven other people were wounded in the attack in the state capital, also called Chihuahua.

The Aztecas are armed enforcers for the Juarez drug cartel, and they have fought longstanding turf battles with the Mexicles in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.

Drug cartels have been known to use rehab centres to recruit addicts, and rival gangs sometimes assault the centres.

Huerta said initial investigations indicated that four gunmen carried out the attack late Tuesday and that some of the people at the centre may have been members of the Mexicles.

The prosecutor statement said the attackers may have also been involved in recent shootings at nightclubs in the area.

The bloodiest attack on rehab centres, of which there were several between 2010 and 2012, also occurred in Chihuahua city in 2010 and killed 19 people.

Prosecutors said they were looking at the possibility of closing the privately run rehab centre targeted in Tuesday’s attack because several incidents had occurred there.

Also Wednesday, the U.S. government offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of alleged drug trafficker Fausto Isidro Meza Flores.

The FBI said in a statement that Meza Flores is the leader of a trafficking organization based in the western Mexico state of Sinaloa and was the right hand of cartel boss Alfredo Beltran Leyva before his 2008 arrest.

The U.S. government said the organization was responsible for smuggling heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana into the United States. Meza Flores is under indictment in federal court in Washington.

Prosecutors in the central Mexico state of Puebla have opened an investigation into the killing of two municipal police officers.

In a statement Wednesday, the state prosecutor’s office said the officers were killed Tuesday near the town of Tecalcingo. One body was in the patrol car and one was behind it. They were both officers with the Tlacotepec township.

Just Posted

Finishing touches being put on Servus Arena

The finishing touches are being put on Red Deer newest arena. On… Continue reading

New temporary beds will immediately help Red Deer homeless

The 20 new temporary beds approved for Safe Harbour’s warming centre cannot… Continue reading

Red Deer RCMP are seeking man posing as a police officer

Suspect is large, in his 30s, with red hair and beard

Update: “Someone knows something” – police

Motorist dies near Ponoka after loose tire collides with vehicle near Ponoka

Two facing dozens of weapons charges in court

A man and woman were arrested last month after RCMP searched a residence and storage locker

Red Deer police seize rifles and shotguns from storage locker

A man and a woman facing nearly 200 charges after 29 firearms seized last month

Notley criticizes MLA who fired staffer after sex harassment complaint

Notley says if Jason Nixon was her house leader he’d be out of a job immediately.

Red Deer needs to find a solution to syringe debris: city manager

City will consider the problem during the 2018 operating budget talks

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

VIDEO: Replay Red Deer Dec. 10

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

VIDEO: B.C. to end geographic area rent increases, close fixed-term lease loopholes

Both clauses allowed landlords to raise rents above the max annual allowable rent increase

UPDATE: Train hits hydro pole, causes outage near Deltaport

No injuries reported but traffic in and out of Deltaport is blocked

A Red Deer daycare coordinator wins provincial award of excellence

Nicole Morrell is a coordinator at Johnstone Daycare

Holiday shopping season picking up in Red Deer

With 18 shopping days left until Christmas, Red Deer businesses are cautiously… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month