Iowa family of four found dead in Mexican resort town

Goes drug cartels are guilty?

Mexican authorities said there are no indications of violence in the deaths of four members of an Iowa family found in a condominium where they were vacationing near the resort town of Tulum.

The Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the office of the attorney general for the state of Quintana Roo on Mexico’s Caribbean coast both told NBC News that no indications of a struggle or crime were found on the bodies or in the condominium where the Sharp family was staying.

“So far, no signs of violence have been found,” said Paulina Chávez Alonzo, spokeswoman for the embassy.

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Cancún: from tourist beach paradise to hotbed of Mexico’s drug violence

The murder of an alleged cartel boss in his hospital bed is the latest outrage in a resort city torn by trafficking and corruption.

The Playamed hospital is an unremarkable two-storey building on a quiet street lined with red-blossomed flame trees, just a few minutes’ drive from the white-sand beaches and all-inclusive resorts of Cancún’s hotel zone.

Recently, however, it was the setting for an incident underlining the relentless spread of Mexico’s drug war to cities previously best known as beach holiday destinations.

Four gunmen burst into a private room at the clinic last week, where they shot dead Alfonso Contreras Espinoza and his wife. Known as “El Poncho”, the murdered man was reputed to be the local boss for the Gulf cartel, and had been released from a local prison to receive treatment for a leg problem.

Investigators discovered a bag of white powder under his leg and a scale, suggesting that Contreras had been dealing from his sickbed.

On a recent morning, hospital officials declined to comment on the brazen attack. Paramedics standing in the shade outside looked away or stared into their smartphones when asked about the incident.

Not so long ago, Cancún sparkled as the crown jewel of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. But rampant corruption, chaotic development and a string of murders have all tarnished the resort city’s reputation.

From glamour to gunfire: the tourist city of Acapulco torn apart by violence Other tourist hotspots have also been caught in Mexico’s red tide: Acapulco, once the country’s most glamorous beach spot, is now the setting for relentless gang violence; late last year, the bodies of six men were left hanging from bridges near Los Cabos on the Baja California peninsula.

Earlier this month, a Mexican thinktank named Los Cabos the world’s most dangerous city outside a war zone.

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Zurich, two people shot dead outside UBS bank

The killings happened in broad daylight in the middle of the Swiss city’s downtown area.

Police assured the public that the situation was now under control and that there was no danger.

It still isn’t clear why the attack happened. Police said there is no indication that it is tied to terrorism.

Eyewitnesses suggest a number of shots were fired during the incident. It is also not clear whether the police have apprehended the shooter, but there is a heavy police presence on the ground.

Dublin’s dead men walking: 29 on death list in brutal gangland war

Police say no end in sight to fight over drug trade by rival gangs loyal to Christy Kinahan and Gerry Hutch.

The shooting war between rival gangs has resulted in areas such as Sheriff Street in central Dublin being put under 24/7 police surveillance.

In the most violent gangland feud in Irish criminal history they are Dublin’s dead men walking. As one international crime gang headed up by a Dublin drug smuggler seeks to annihilate its rival in the Irish capital, at least 29 men have been told they are on death lists.

Fifteen people have already died, with many more injured and dozens of families have been driven from their homes by fear and intimidation during two years of gang warfare between master criminals Christy Kinahan and Gerry “The Monk” Hutch.

There is seemingly no end in sight to their fight over the Dublin drug trade, which has intensified and become ever more personal.