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Military increases bases of operations in Costa Maya due to known criminal cells

Costa Maya, Q.R. — Military personnel in Chetumal continue to expand their bases in Costa Maya to keep up with criminal activity. Héctor Jiménez Aldana, Commander of the 34th military zone in Chetumal, says they have gone from eight to 17 bases.

He explained that their bases of operations continues to increase in the southern region of the state to reinforce security due to the presence of criminal cells. He says authorities are aware of the cells, which he referred to as red flags.

Although the criminal cells are not classified as large-scale, they are isolated focused groups. Aldana says they are working on controlling them by deploying additional troops. He noted that they have created nine more bases of operations.

“We are here to protect the territory and stop anything that leads to insecurity,” he said.

Local criminal groups have been identified in the southern zone who are increasing their presence as armed groups, which, he says, is why they are also increasing their troops and their presence in the south.