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Four cartel members arrested in Cancun extortion attempt

Cancun, Q.R. — Four people have been arrested by Cancun police after a businessman reported an extortion attempt.

The arrests took place after four people passing themselves off as government and city officials were reported to police. The attempt happened during the early morning hours of Saturday when the manager of the bar, Guanatos, requested help, saying inside his bar were extortionists.

The four, who said they were from the General Prosecutor’s Office of Quintana Roo and Benito Juárez City Hall, requested money from the bar manager.

Municipal Police along with the Navy and National Guard arrived and found the four inside. They were reportedly members of the Cartel de los Zetas. On their person, police found three of them carrying credentials from the General Prosecutor’s Office of Quintana Roo and one with a Town Development credential from the City Council of Benito Juárez.

The four arrested have been identified as Jonathan, Javier, José and Jorge. Police also seized two vehicles. Inside one of the vehicles was cash, a stamp from the Attorney General of Quintana Roo and a transparent bag containing cocaine.