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Theft during illegal search gets five Cancun cops dismissed for abuse of authority

Cancun, Q.R. — Five Cancun police officers have been dismissed from their positions for abuse of authority. The dismissals stem from an illegal search and theft of private property from a Cancun home Friday.

The theft of the items took place May 19 at a home in SM 95 when officers from the Secretariat for Citizen Protection forced the door and entered the 12th Street home saying they were searching for drugs.

According to the complaint, at least three people inside the private home were also searched. The owner of the home was a city employee who filed a formal complaint against the officers.

On May 20, the Secretaría de Seguridad Ciudadana (SSC) of Quintana Roo released a news briefing on the illegal search.

“Due to abuse of authority and/or whatever results this afternoon, five elements of the Quintana Roo Secretary of Citizen Security were removed from office and were made available to the authorities for the corresponding demarcation, making it clear that abuses of authority are not tolerated and guarantees legality, efficiency, honesty, professionalism and respect for human rights.

“The elements were pointed out for illegally entering an address in Supermanzana 95 and stealing personal items, so the order was immediately given to separate them from their post and start the procedure to remove them from their positions.

“The Secretary of Citizen Security contacted the aggrieved, proceeding with the protocols established in the regulations, since the Secretary of Citizen Security does not and will not tolerate acts that violate the peace and well-being of citizens.”