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12 Cancun taxi drivers arrested for possession of drugs, guns, gear

Cancun, Q.R. — In a joint operation, 12 taxi drivers were arrested in the Cancun Hotel Zone after being found with drugs, ammunition and weapons.

With more than 1,000 rounds, numerous weapons and over 150 street bags of drugs, 12 members of the Andrés Quintana Roo taxi driver’s union were taken into custody. The arrests were made by the Marina Armada de México and the Policía Estatal Preventiva (PEP) in the Zona Hotelera de Cancún.

The eleven men and one woman arrested were also found in possession of clothing similar to that of military uniforms including bulletproof vests with insignia of the State Preventive Police as well as a hand-made banner of Santo de los narcos threatening two others with extortion and death.

Authorities made the arrest at Kilometer 10 of the Cancun Hotel Zone after police discovered they had a hiding place near the lagoon where they were ready to carry out their plan until they were surprised by police.

Those arrested have been identified as 24-year-old Kevin Bernardo C.M. from Mexico City, Fernando Javier G.C., 37 from Tabasco, Bernardo C.T., 49 of Mexico City, César Augusto M.D., 26 of Cancun, Fidel B.R., 30 and from Veracruz, Ernesto Alejandro F.G., 33 from Mexico City, Josué Alejandro N.R., 23 of Cancun, Elías de la Paz S.E., 27 from Cancun, Jorge Antonio S.S., 26 from Tabasco, María Claudia E.A., 48 and from the state of Yucatán and 33-year-old Juan Carlos R. M., 33 and originally from Mexico City.

Police have confirmed that all 12 were members of the Andrés Quintana Roo taxi driver’s union, something the union has not denied. A public statement is likely to be released by the union Monday.