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Report: Female cartel boss behind the attacks in Cancún, Mexico

January 19, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Report: Female cartel boss behind the attacks in Cancún, Mexico

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Multiple reports out of Mexico have attributed Tuesday’s attack on the state prosecutor’s office in Cancún to a female regional boss of a Sinaloa cartel cell in Quintana Roo.

As JammedUp News reported, four people were killed Wednesday during an attack on the state prosecutor’s office in the resort town.

Teams of cartel gunmen on motorcycles conducted simultaneous attacks on the Police Communications headquarters and Quintana Roo State Prosecutors Office in Cancun.

The attack spread fear throughout the city as cartel operatives transformed Cancun into a war zone, firing automatic weapons and tossing grenades at the buildings.

Three armed assailants and a police officer died during the ensuing violence.

Anti-Narcotics Police officials refused to confirm reports indicating that Tuesday’s shooting in Cancún was a retaliatory attack after police reportedly arrested Leticia Rodríguez Lara, alias “Doña Ley,” a former member of the Federal Judicial Police, who is the alleged plaza boss for the Sinaloa cartel in the municipality.

According to El Debate, Rodriguez Lara leads a group which has maintained total control of drug trafficking and distribution in the city.

Officials said the cell has been responsible for multiple homicides in the region.

Francisco López Mena, the Secretary of Public Security in Quintana Roo, said reports of the alleged detention of the lady kingpin, known as”Doña Lety”, were false.

“There was no person who was detained at the prosecutor’s offices at the time of the attack,” López said, but did not deny the woman’s relationship to organized crime.

Police arrested five other suspected hitmen in the attack in Cancún.

The lady cartel boss is alleged to have overseen kidnappings, extorted local businesses, and carried out attacks on discos, bars, nightclubs and dating houses in Cancún, Puerto Morelos, Alfredo V. Bonfil, Tulum, Xel-Ha, Isla Mujeres, and Cozumel, among other areas.

However, Rodríguez Lara’s position has recently come under threat by a new group seeking to displace her rule over the city, made up of former Zetas hitmen, who have joined an alliance consisting of several criminal bands including a Gulf cartel cell called Los Pelones.

The ongoing turf war between the various groups over control of the drug trade in the region has led to an upsurge in violence in recent months, including a string of executions and dismemberments culminating in the past few days.

The two incidents are the latest indication that the drug war has taken hold of the region.

The incident comes a day after violence rocked the tourist destination of Playa del Carmen, which had largely remained isolated from the cartel-related violence engulfing vast areas of the country, when a purported gunman opened fire during a BPM Festival event.

Monday’s predawn attack inside the Blue Parrott beachside nightclub resulted in the deaths of five people including an American teen, two Canadians, and two Mexican victims.

The attack caused mass panic to ensue inside the jammed packed nightclub, which ultimately led to the death of 18-year-old, Alejandra Villanueva. The Denver, Colorado teen, was trampled to death by the crowd attempting to escape the gunfire.

Kirk Wilson, 49, a BPM security guard from Canada, was also killed along with Daniel Pessina, an Italian national who resided in Playa del Carmen and owned a Pizzeria, Rafael Francisco Ruiz Murillo, and Antonio Peñalosa Vega, 28, both natives of Veracruz, Mexico.

Quintana Roo’s Attorney General, Miguel Angel Pech said one of the Mexican victims were the gunman’s intended target. However, a confused shootout soon unraveled after a guard was shot and his firearm discharged as he fell to the floor.

A roadside banner allegedly signed by Los Zetas claimed responsibility for the attack at the BPM Festival event in Playa del Carmen

Pech said investigators have not determined whether it was festival security personnel or Mexican bodyguards who had returned fire.

A message left on a narco banner place on roadways signed by a Los Zetas faction has taken responsibility for Monday’s shooting and threatened BPM organizers and members of the Gulf Cartel’s Los Pelones.

The violent events have prompted the United States Consulate in Merida to issue an alert warning U.S. citizens to take extra precautions and are urged “to follow local authorities’ directives and consult with their hotels before leaving the premises.

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