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Mexican authorities discover dismembered bodies stuffed inside suitcases in resort city of Cancun

June 18, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities discover dismembered bodies stuffed inside suitcases in resort city of Cancun

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Drug-related violence continues to engulf the Mexican resort city of Cancun, as Quintana Roo government officials struggle to quell the climate of insecurity in the region.

On Friday, Mexican authorities discovered two dismembered bodies stuffed inside of three suitcases near the city’s hotel zone.

The gruesome discovery comes in the wake of an intense gunbattle, which erupted on Thursday between security forces and cartel hitmen in the heart of Cancun’s tourist center that resulted in one gunman killed and several others wounded.

“State Police units carried out the removal and transfer of the three black suitcases with the remains of two male bodies,” Quintana Roo Deputy Prosecutor, Rosaura Villanueva Arzapalo, said in a statement.

Villanueva also apologized to the residents of Cancun for failing to prevent the recent outbreak of violence.

“In the name of the Attorney General, Master Miguel Angel Pech Cen, and myself, we offer an apology to all the inhabitants of this municipality for the recent violent events,” Arzapalo said.

The apology comes as local and state officials continue to clash over how to tackle the insecurity overwhelming the region.

According to Proceso, Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquín accused municipal authorities in Cancun, specifically Mayor Remberto Estrada, of pushing for actions contrary to a strategy agreed upon by the Security Bureau, involving a joint effort by all three levels of government, which he warned “would begin to provoke some increase in crime.”

Estrada has insisted on maintaining his own strategy led by former police chief of Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez, Julian Leyzaola, whom he named “executive security advisor” on May 17th.

“Security and the fight against crime are not a matter of egos,” said Joaquin. stressing that the actions agreed at the coordination table should be respected, which also includes Mexico Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Police, Ministry of National Defense, the Navy, and local city councils.

An intense gun battle between Mexican forces and cartel gunmen erupted on Thursday evening in Cancun

“There must be a coordinated effort with the municipality, with the intention of consolidating a single team to prevent crime,” the governor reiterated.

For the past year, cartel-related violence has been on the rise throughout the state.

Quintana Roo’s vast coastal region makes the state an important transport route for the trafficking of cocaine from South America.

Officials have refused to name the organized criminal groups responsible for the latest wave of violence in the municipality.

However, security experts told JammedUp News that several groups maintain criminal operations in the state including cells belonging to the Sinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel, Jalisco New Generation Cartel, Los Zetas, and several independent organizations.

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