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Here Come the Zetas?

Xela has long been a refuge for drug dealers and small time criminals, but up until now the accompanying violence associated with these folk has been nearly absent, almost as if Xela is considered off-limits for drug wars, as it’s the place where the narcos live, their kids go to school, they keep their mistresses, etc.

The discovery of a group of Zetas (the Mexican drug cartel responsible for last month’s massacre in the Petén) here in Xela is something new for the city and not at all a good sign.

To be fair to the Zetas, they claim that the only reason they came here was to state their case. As a banner they hung outside the Regional Hospital explained, they don’t have a problem with the people, or the police or the press or even the government. They just want to know where the guy is who stole their drugs.

Otto Salguero, if you’re reading this, we hope you’re doing it from far, far away, recovering from plastic surgery and maybe a sex change operation – you’ve made yourself some badass enemies there, amigo.

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Street Vendor Training

Fans of all those delicious tacos, pupusas and garnachas will be traveling a little safer after next month, when the Xela Muni brings in all street vendors for health and hygiene training. Emphasis will be given to the handling of foodstuffs, proper storage techniques and general hygiene issues. ¡Buen Provecho!

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Car Theft

Worrying news for the 0.5% of XelaWho readers who drive a car in the city. Seems that car theft rates are on the rise while the recovery rate is plummeting. Police blame the disappointing statistics on the fact that thieves now employ more sophisticated techniques, such as driving stolen cars all the way to Totonicapan (half an hour away) before stripping them in chop shops. Special task forces which have yet to be set up in Xela or Toto are unaware of where these chop shops may be.

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