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SSP identifies three criminal groups operating in Costa Maya

Costa Maya, Q.R. — The State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) has identified three organized crime groups in the southern zone of Quintana Roo. State officials have identified the groups operating in Chetumal, Mahahual and Ribera del Río Hondo.

In a Thursday statement, Lucio Hernández Gutierrez, Secretary of Public Security for the State of Quintana Roo, reported the groups operating in the Costa Maya region. He said the main threat is the so-called Sinaloa Cartel, which is at the forefront in that region.

In the face of the struggle for territorial power, the criminal organization has ramified, creating offshoots into two other groups. Those two other groups have been identified as Caborca and Chapitos, which, he reported, is generating conflict in the southern region.

Gutierrez clarified that their presence has not created an increase in registered homicides. He says they have been successful in identifying the three criminal groups, which has resulted in the arrests of nearly 200 people throughout the state so far this year. He said all of the detained were dedicated to working for organized crime groups.