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Travel warning

Posted by c2p on April 28, 2010, 5:53 pm

My wife and I were carjacked on the cuota (toll road) last Thursday at 9:00 am, 4 kilometers north on the Mazatlan Policia Federal Preventiva headquarters. We were surrounded and then stopped by three trucks and a car. Five gunman made sure that we behaved ourselves. We were hauled from the truck, put face down on the road with guns to our heads. The truck, our belongings and worst of all our three rescue dogs were gone in an instant. A very well rehearsed, well executed "take down" taking no longer than two minutes to complete. Reporting the incident to the PFP shortly thereafter their only response was that there had been a number of similar occurances over the past while (newer trucks being the preferred targets). The Canadian Consulate offered us immediate assistance providing emotional support, meals and accomodation and arranging for the first available flight to Vancouver. Don't think for a moment that you are safe on the cuota - day or night, be vigilant, keep an eye on your rear view mirror at all times and make sure you are not being followed when leaving a Pemex station. Please make sure all of your friends and acquaintances are aware of a potential carjacking before they head home.

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