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SSP arrests five armed subjects posing as Merida police officers

Merida, Yucatan — Five subjects were arrested by police in Merida for assaulting elements of the Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SSP) with a firearm.

The events occurred during the early morning hours in the streets of the Francisco I. Madero neighborhood. Reports say the five attempted to pose as officers, wearing badges and accessories similar to those of the SSP. Their goal was to impersonate investigative agents and thereby commit crimes and blame the corporation, discrediting it.

Upon their arrest, police also found the group in possession of a balaclava, equipment waist belt and a taser gun in their van.

Police report that while surveying streets in Francisco I. Madero, they ordered the van to stop when one of the subjects, who began speaking with the officer, pulled a gun and threatened to shoot him. Police support units arrived at the scene that finally secured and detained all five subjects. No detonations are reported by the elements.

Arrested were 32-year-old Eric Xavier M.P. from Yucatan, 34-year-old Oscar Amílcar Z.B. of Veracruz, 25-year-old Juan Daniel and 35-year-old José de Jesús G.C. both from the State of Mexico. Also taken into custody was 39-year-old Gaspar Eduardo K.X. from Yucatan who recently left prison after serving a conviction for drug trafficking. They identify him as the leader of the band.

Gaspar Eduardo is also said to be associated with the public placement of threat signs last year placed in the south of the state. The individuals were made available to ministerial authorities.