An ex-coworker of mine was from Apatzingan and returned annually to pay his property tax on his home in Mex where his elderly mother and sister reside. Two years ago he returned and related a story of how during that year's visit he was walking from his home and was approached by a truck occupied by armed men.
The truck stopped in front of him, in broad daylight, and two men got down from the bed of the truck and approached him. He had never seen them before and did not know them. They were plain clothed without masks or uniforms. They greeted him by his first name and proceeded to demand that he send $500 usd monthly to a bank account they had noted on a piece of paper. They demanded this for "protection" of his home and family.
He was stunned, speechless, and terrifed. They also knew where he worked and his bank accounts in Mex and the US. They ultimately left without incident. His mother and sister denied having contact with any such folk.
He avoided sending money, whereupon his home was later burglarized and family threatened with numerous messages demanding security payments. He ultimately gave in, sending the money. Eventually he quit his job, but last I saw him he was doing everything he could to get them relocated. Not sure if the payments continued or if he did indeed get his family out or where they could even go.
Walking on a main street in Zihuatanejo right before sunset on a beautiful Sunday, a car stops and after some brief words a man tries to run and is gunned down in the road. The car drives off.
This was right next to the center of business, market, restaurants, banks, etc. Police are always around in that area.
No officials showed up until 15 minutes had passed - even then it was the fire department.
The police MADE SURE to wait at least 20 minutes before they arrived on the scene. Plenty of time for the car to be long gone and never identified. You could walk to the other side of town in that amount of time.