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Two-part establishment on Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue shut down after allegations of drug stashing

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A two-part established along Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue has been shut down by authorities. On Sunday, the State Attorney General’s Office seized the two buildings by placing closure seals across its doors.

The closure is reported to be the result of an allegation of drug sales at Animalandia and its attached restaurant. During the joint operation between the Mexican Army and National Guard, one man was taken into custody from 14th Street after he was found in possession of crystal, pills, pot, crack and powdered cocaine, among others.

According to the Municipal Public Security Secretariat, agents were responding to a 911 complaint regarding an alleged drug dealer near an area restaurant. Police who responded to that report located the man and drugs that he was carrying inside a secured box. They did not provide the man’s name.

Arresting officers were told that he, along with others, have an agreement with the establishment to store the narcotics they sell on site. From this, the FGE closed both establishments.