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Nine arrested in coordinated Tulum operation after ongoing increase in violence

Tulum, Q.R. — Drugs and weapons were seized and nine people arrested in a coordinated operation in Tulum Sunday night. The attorney general, Óscar Montes de Oca, announced the arrest of nine people and seizure of three weapons, one vehicle and hundreds of street packaged drugs.

In an address, he said that drugs including marijuana, crystal and cocaine were among those seized during their Sunday evening operation in Tulum. Nine people were also transferred to police facilities where they will remain until their initial hearing.

Montes de Oca said that the operation was due to the ongoing increase in violent crime being recorded around Tulum.

“Derived from events of violence that we have had lately in Tulum, we implemented a joint operation with the state coordination table for state security, made up of the National Guard, the Mexican Army, the Secretariat of the Navy and the Quintana Roo Police,” he said adding that the nine detained remain in police custody.

He pointed out that during their operation, the eight men and one woman arrested were found “in a way confirming that the purpose was to commercialize those drugs.”

The latest operation, he explained, was carried out on the public thoroughfare of the Tulum-Boca Paila highway and in the center and tourist areas where three attempted to hide in local establishments, but were located and arrested in possession of weapons.