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Cartel gunmen execute suspected Mexican drug lord and his wife at a Cancun hospital

March 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel gunmen execute suspected Mexican drug lord and his wife at a Cancun hospital

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Four gunmen ambushed a hospital in the Mexican city of Cancun and fatally shot a drug cartel member and his wife, according to officials in the state of Quintana Roo.

The purported drug trafficker was identified as Alfonso Contreras Espinoza, also known as “El Poncho.”

Contreras Espinoza was taken into custody in July on weapons charges but had been allowed to leave the local prison under guard to get treatment at a hospital for issues with his leg, The Guardian reported.

Local reports indicate he was the presumed Gulf Cartel leader in Cancun.

The ultra-violent Jalisco cartel has been moving into the resort city over the past year, pushing out other cartels.

Alfonso Contreras Espinoza was executed with his wife at a Cancun hospital

The state prosecutor’s office added that the four assailants overpowered one of the hospital security guards and went to the area where Contreras Espinoza was receiving treatment, murdering him and his wife before fleeing the scene.

State authorities said in a statement that the murder “was a possible settling of accounts between gangs.”

The incident was the third incident in the state in under two weeks. On Thursday, undetonated bombs were discovered on a tourist ferry that operates between the Caribbean resorts of Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel. Another ferry exploded on February 21st, wounding 19 Mexicans and at least five U.S. citizens.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico banned its employees from taking any tourist ferries on the line because of the bombs discovered in the latest incident.

Cancun, which is a popular tourist hotspot, has been largely spared the violence taking over the rest of the country. However, in 2017, gunmen attacked the state prosecutors’ office in Cancun, murdering four people. One day prior, a shooting at a music festival in Playa del Carmen left three tourists and two Mexicans dead.

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