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Cozumel resident paid 11,000 peso for handing over artillery in community program

Cozumel, Q.R. — During a week-long weapons exchange program, a Cozumel resident handed over artillery that included ammunition and grenades.

An unidentified resident of Cozumel participated in the 2019 Exchange of Arms program, arriving at the Municipal Palace to hand in artillery in exchange for cash. The program, which is headed by la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena) in coordination with Cozumel City Council, encourages locals to exchange weapons for cash in a bid to rid the streets of guns and other artillery.

In this case, the person was paid 11,000 peso for the nine grenades and more than 150 rounds of ammunition that was voluntarily dropped off.

The Exchange of Arms program, which ends October 13, encourages the community to voluntarily deliver firearms and other weapons to prevent violent crimes as well as avoid home accidents and combat clandestine arms trafficking.