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State Secretary says current violent acts are cartel retaliation

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The State Secretary of Public Security says the current violent acts across the state are retaliatory. He said that a majority of the violence has to do with the settling of scores between cartels who are fighting over territory.

The State Secretary Rubén Oyarvide Pedrero explained that aside from territorial disputes, these same groups are reacting violently to the ongoing arrests of gang members and police seizures of their property.

He reported that 90 percent of the violent acts are between the same criminal groups.

“They are reactions to the work that the coordinated forces do so we have to strengthen with more intelligence to prevent these types of acts from being repeated,” he said.

In a recent report, state authorities announced during the month of May alone they seized more than 31,000 bags of narcotics, 38 short weapons, 1,535 cartridges of various calibers, 45 chargers, nine bladed weapons,16 stolen cars, seven stolen motorcycles as well as the detection of 111 vehicles related to high-impact crimes.

During that same time frame, 385 people were arrested across the state of Quintana Roo.