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Nearly 200 criminal group members taken down around Quintana Roo in last six months of year

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — More than 192 members belonging to 18 criminal groups were arrested during the last six months of 2023. State Attorney General Raciel López Salazar provided the figures since he took over in mid-year.

“During those six months of my administration, we have designed actions that have allowed us to achieve substantive results against criminal groups for which we have had the support of the Mexican Army, Navy, National Guard, Attorney General’s Office of the Republic, National Intelligence Center, Secretariat of Citizen Security and Municipal Police.

“I reiterate my gratitude and recognition for their important contribution to the construction of peace and security in Quintana Roo,” Raciel López Salazar said.

He reported that they continue to work in coordination with the Coordination Group for the Construction of Peace and Security to eradicate extortion. He says a majority of the extortion reports around the state are aimed at the business sector.

State Attorney General Raciel López Salazar Photo: FGE December 2023.

During the last six months, more than 90 people have been tried and sentenced for various extortions. Those jailed extorted their victims to distribute drugs by way of threats and direct attacks against businesses to pay floor rights.

López Salazar says two of the extortion leaders arrested in Quintana Roo have been imprisoned outside the state. He says one is currently serving time in the Cefereso de Villa Comaltitlán in Chiapas and the other in the Perote prison of Veracruz.

Nearly 200 members from 18 gangs have been jailed during the last six months of 2023. Photo: FGE December 2023.

“With these results, I reiterate my commitment and that of the institution to work hand-in-hand with the Coordination Group for the Construction of Peace and Security of Quintana Roo, society, businessmen, civil associations, each and every one in order to maintain a constant approach for the benefit of this beautiful state,” he said.