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Cancun police make arrest after 28 migrants found locked in criminal safe house

Cancun, Q.R. — A suspect remains in police custody after Cancun police located 28 illegal migrants inside a criminal safe house. Early Monday evening, the Secretaría de Seguridad Ciudadana (SSC) reported on the arrest of José “N” for the abduction of the 28 people found by police earlier in the day.

More than two dozen people were removed from a criminal safe house by Cancun police early Monday. It was after midnight when authorities began their operation that lead to the rescue of 28 people.

The SSC-headed operation was carried out in SM 229 by elements of the Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC) who located 24 adults and four minors. All those found inside the house are of Guatemalan and Salvadoran origin.

The operation was deployed on 87th Street where authorities found the undocumented migrants inside a home. They were being held against their will.

A total of 28 migrants were found being held against their will in a criminal safe house in Cancun. Photo: March 18, 2024.

Agents from the Secretary of the Navy, National Guard and the Rescue and Medical Emergency Squadron (ERUM) participated in the operation. Those found inside were removed and provided with medical care.

The four minors were attended to by the Specialized Group for Attention to Domestic and Gender Violence (GEAVIG).

GEAVI personnel were brought in since four minors were found inside the house. Photo: March 18, 2024.

In a statement the SSC said “the arrest of José “N”, allegedly involved in the crime of Deprivation of Liberty of Migrants, was carried out at a home on 87th Street between 72nd and 74th Streets, Block 42, Lot 44, in Superblock 229 of Cancun.

“Given this fact, the corresponding inspection was carried out, finding inside the home a group of 28 people in total of which there are 15 men, nine women, three boys and one girl. They were alone without family, all originating from Salvador, Guatemala.”