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More than 200 additional forces sent to patrol Riviera Maya

Tulum, Q.R. — More than 200 additional elements have been assigned to patrol the Riviera Maya region, bringing the total to nearly 450. The additional manpower came after President Andrés López Obrador acknowledged the recent Tulum shooting that killed two tourists.

During his Monday morning press conference, Andrés Manuel López Obrador indicated that the issue of insecurity in Quintana Roo was discussed in the Security Cabinet, adding that the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena) was left in charge of the process.

During the conference, General Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, head of Sedena said several months ago, an operation was established to confront the presence of crime. He said that a new operation has since been implemented that saw the arrival of nearly 250 National Guard, army and navy elements to the area.

He explained that while the situation in Tulum will take priority, the 450 members will ensure a greater presence from Cancun down through Riviera Maya.

Sandoval González said that the additional elements are already in Tulum and that by next week, they will implement a new plan “to cover everything”.