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55 cartel executions recorded in Cancun, Mexico in first 50 days of 2018

February 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
55 cartel executions recorded in Cancun, Mexico in first 50 days of 2018

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Cartel violence in the Mexican tourist destination of Cancun persists in 2018 with 55 murders records in the first 50 days of the year.

With new slaying recorded on Monday, February 19th, the total amount for this year has now hit 55. Last year, it took five months to reach this same number.

The continuing violence is due to the cartel fighting over disputed lucrative drug trafficking territories by the CJNG, Los Zetas, Gulf, and independent factions loyal to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Breitbart Texas reported that local authorities are not able to weed out corrupt law enforcement figures in popular resort areas. Breitbart also added that 60 municipal police officers were terminated for extorting bribes from tourists and participating in other criminal offenses.

As a result of the government crackdown, local authorities have come under heightened cartel attacks, like a recent incident when gunmen opened fire at the residence of a municipal officer on February 19th.

No injuries were reported, but so far this year, there have been four deliberate attacks against authorities in Cancun–one of which included a failed grenade attack.

The U.S. State Department has renewed a level 2 warning for Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur—directly affecting Cancun and Los Cabos. The level 2 warning urges tourists to exercise caution but does not explicitly state to avoid the regions.

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