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Authorities recognize possibility of gang arrival from Acapulco

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Given the displacement of many Acapulco residents, Quintana Roo police also recognize the potential for gang arrival. With the recent extension of job offers to Acapulco tourist workers in Cancun and Riviera Maya, local authorities have given consideration to the arrival of criminal gangs.

Captain José Pablo Mathey Cruz, the Secretary of Public Security of Cancun, says they are looking into the risk of the arrival of criminal cells from the state of Guerrero.

He says while Acapulco tourism workers arrive in the state looking for employment, criminal gangs may also do the same since they too, are out of work.

“I have been listening to opinions from businessmen who have seen this immigration issue in some other way after a cyclonic event in other states.

“It is not to say this will happen, but it is possible that criminals will come here since what people are coming for is work, so we are also considering all the possibilities and increasing efforts around the state with the personnel we have,” he said.

He says local businessmen feel that after the wave of Acapulco workers arrive, it is possible criminal cells could follow. In November of 2022, the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) identified 16 criminal organizations operating in the state of Guerrero.

Mathey Cruz said the state of Guerrero had high crime rates, which is not to say they will come here to commit crimes, but given an urgent situation, police will be ready.