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Authorities acknowledge presence of cartels in Riviera Maya

Cancun, Q.R. — Quintana Roo governor Carlos Joaquín González has acknowledged the presence of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) and the Sinaloa Cartel within the state.

Joaquin made the acknowledgement during a Grupo Fórmula interview Thursday. During his interview, Joaquín González acknowledged that Tulum has become an attractive point for the sale of drugs.

Although arrests have been made to prevent drug dealing, the insecurity generated over fights for central territory has not yet been won.

“We have had a large number of arrests throughout all these months in various operations carried out in coordination with the different security forces (…) There have been more than 70 detainees in Tulum [for drug sales],” said Carlos Joaquín Gonzalez.

“According to the data we have, the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel are present according to investigations. Work has been done to disintegrate them, but obviously they are attracted by a market as important as that of Quintana Roo,” he continued.

The Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office has also acknowledged the existence of the drug cartels. The state attorney general, Óscar Montes de Oca, has said they have identified three drug cartels in different areas of the state.

Montes de Oca detailed that there is evidence that the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), Cártel de Sinaloa and the Cártel del Noreste (Northeast Cartel) are operating to some degree, in different areas of Quintana Roo.

He said that that none of those were related to the recent Tulum shooting between criminal groups, explaining that that shooting was about groups of drug dealers.

“There are some events that occur in the context of drug dealing and we are in coordination with the government to apply greater efforts and control the situation,” he said.