At least a dozen shoot-outs in Cancún since the beginning of the year — including one last night — are creating growing concern in the business community.
The local head of Coparmex, the Mexican Employers’ Federation, urged today that a security plan be put in place as the popular tourist destination heads into the summer season.
Adrián López said that although there had been progress in terms of arrests and coordination of police forces, “it is extremely important that prevention be reinforced . . . so as not to damage the image of Quintana Roo.”
He said crime cannot be allowed to take control of Cancún.
Gunfire on Avenida Tulum in the city center last night left a presumed criminal dead and four people in custody, two of whom were wounded.
Events began with a car chase followed by a gun battle between criminals and security forces at the plaza known as El Ceviche, which subsequently spread into an area with several nightspots.
The scene provoked panic among the clientele, many of them tourists, who hid under tables or fled to washrooms seeking shelter.
Drivers who found themselves stranded in the streets ducked inside their vehicles to avoid being hit.
The state government announced later that the situation had been brought under with the arrest of a group of people. No further details were given.
Just a few hours later, at about 3:30 this morning, two dismembered bodies were discovered at the side of the roadway on Boulevard Kukulcán in the hotel zone. They had been left inside three suitcases.
An unofficial report said one of the dead was a nephew of crime boss Leticia Rodríguez Lara, who is known as “Doña Lety” and is a former Federal Police officer.
She has been identified by authorities as the leader of the Cancún Cartel and allied with the Sinaloa Cartel.
Federal officials say at least four organizations are fighting for control of the drug trade and extortion racket, primarily in Cancún and Playa del Carmen.
Source: Reforma (sp)