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State Attorney reports increase in arrests and convictions for the year

Cancun, Q.R. — With the year coming to an end, the State Attorney General has reported an increase in arrests and convictions. In a statement, the State Attorney General, Óscar Montes de Oca Rosales, reported 4,882 arrests from January 1 to December 26.

Of the 4,882 arrests, which were made across the state of Quintana Roo, 4,179 people were detained by the Quintana Roo Police, the Guardia National and various municipal police, while another 703 people were detained by the investigative police pursuant to arrest warrants.

Of those arrested, 1,462 were drug-related crimes, 512 for theft, 764 people were arrested for crimes related to injuries, while 204 were taken into custody on homicide charges.

Another 483 people were taken into custody for property damage, 26 for family violence and, for the first time in the state, two people were arrested for digital violence.

Óscar Montes de Oca Rosales noted there was a 43.6 percent increase in convictions over 2020. He also noted that to date, the state has carried out 160 property searches.

He accredited the improved statistics to the 164 inter-institutional courses that were taken by 5,177 students. Some of those courses, he said, were taught by the United States Department of Justice, the FBI and the Federal Government’s Secretariat for Citizen Security and Protection.

Another accredited source was the advancement in state technology. Montes de Oca Rosales highlighted the creation of the online reporting platform and the improvement of the FGE website along with the creation of the Violet Alert application for violence against women.

He also stressed an improvement to the digitization of photographs and the improvement of security to avoid falsifications and said an update of the criminal administration system (SIGAP) used within the FGE was also made this year.

He says that the Safe Beach program has also made a difference. Those operations carried out by the FGE, is a strategy by members of the State Coordination Group for the Construction of Peace and Security in Quintana Roo, made up of the Secretary of National Defense, the Secretary of the Navy, the National Guard, the State Attorney General’s Office and the Quintana Roo Police.

That program, he said, resulted in a total of 25 operations. Ten in the municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancun), eight operations in Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), four in Tulum and three in Isla Mujeres.

From those 25 operations, 167 people were arrested, most on drug-related charges.