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Suspects in Cancun prison guard shootings taken into custody

Cancun, Q.R. — Two people have been arrested as prime suspects in the recent murders of Cancun prison workers. The pair were taken into police custody Thursday on outstanding arrest warrants.

In a Friday statement, the State Attorney General (FGE) said Ángela Estefanía “N” and Misael “N” were arrested by elements of the Municipal Police of Benito Juárez and State Police. At the time of their arrests, officers located a loaded firearm.

“The Benito Juárez Municipal Police and the State Police completed an arrest warrant against a man and a woman for their alleged participation in the commission of facts that could constitute the crime of qualified homicide to the detriment of two victims: a Cereso custodian and a gardener,” the agency reported.

According to the FGE, the firearm found at the time of the arrests was the gun used in two shootings.

Police “seized a firearm from the detainees, which when analyzed by expert experts, determined that it is the same one that was used in the December 2 murder of a gardener, a person who they mistook for a guard while he was walking next to the Benito Juárez Social Reintegration Center,” the FGE explained.

“Likewise, the weapon tested positive for the one used on December 15, to commit the homicide against a Cereso prison guard. In both cases, they left a threatening message to intimidate the prison staff. These messages were written by Ángela Estefanía “N”.”