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Massage tents and recreational activities a known façade for illegal activities along Cancun, Riviera Maya beaches

Cancun, Q.R. — The recovery of Cancun and Riviera Maya beaches is an ongoing operation says Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, Secretary of Public Security. He says the agency will continue with beach clearing, which he admits, are key sites for illegal activities.

Hernández says they are aware that many drug dealers use the guise of recreational activities and beach massages to sell drugs in those public spaces.

“The tents with massage beds is a façade of what they really do, which is to offer and sell illicit substances with exorbitant profits,” he said. The fight over those public spaces has also been an issue between drug dealers and other criminal groups.

“The real business of these individuals is drug trafficking,” he said, pointing out that the northern region of the state is where most of the problems occur. The beach cleaning operations of these groups are found mostly in Cancun – Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

He says since they began the operation, dozens of illegal structures have been demolished along with the seizure of truckloads of beach furniture, all of which he reiterated, serve to disguise their illegal activities.

During the operations, illegal food stall, bars, massage tents and other nonconcessioned set ups have also been removed from the public beaches.