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Four Cancun taxi drivers jailed on drug charges despite pressure protest

Cancun, Q.R. — Four taxi drivers remain in police custody after being arrested Tuesday. The group were taken into custody on alleged drug charges after police found them in possession of drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia.

Shortly after their arrests, dozens of Cancun taxi drivers parked in front of police headquarters in what has become known as a pressure protest to have their colleagues released. However, after a meeting between the Andrés Quintana Roo Taxi Drivers’ Union and deputy prosecutor, Carlos Maya Girón, the protesting drivers left and the four arrested remain jailed.

Arrested from their units while parked outside a ferry terminal was Javier N, Wilbert N, Javier N and María N. They were taken into custody during a joint operation between police and marine personnel.

According to information from the Ministry of Public Security, police saw the taxi drivers exchanging money and bags of what they believed to be, narcotics. When the drivers saw police, they ran back to their respective units in an attempt to flee.

Between them, police seized 80 bags of narcotics, 3,600 peso and $545 USD along with drug paraphernalia and their four taxi units.