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Cartel violence finding its way to Mexico’s five-star resorts due to drug buying tourists

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Cartel crime has been increasing in tourist areas of Cancun and Tulum. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the vacation hotspots have seen a “massive uptick” in cartel violence because they have become key revenue sources for the cartels to sell drugs.

 

The homicide rate has nearly quadrupled since 2016 due to drugs. “Our basic problem is drug demand by tourists” said Quintana Roo Attorney General Oscar Montes de Oca.

David Ortiz Mena, the head of the Tulum Hotel Association, said “We have to be careful what kind of tourism we ask for” reports the WSJ. “The kind of tourism we fostered creates drug demand, and where there is demand there will be supply. But the drug dealers don’t leave when the party’s over and the tourists go home.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation compiled a list of recent incidents demonstrating the new norm of violence:

In March, tourists in Cancun’s hotel zone found human remains that police said could be casualties of cartel crime. That same month, a British citizen, who lived in the area and was warned of being a target, was shot and killed by two men on a motorcycle while driving with his teenage daughter in the passenger seat, The Daily Beast reported

…The manager of a bar on the beach in Quintana Roo was shot and killed in January, The Washington Post reported. Days before the incident, two Canadians were killed at a resort a few miles away as a result of an argument between guests.

Suspected rival cartel members engaged in a shootout near Cancun in November, sending beachgoers running to nearby resorts for safety, the Associated Press reported. Two drug dealers were killed in the incident, according to the WSJ.

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  1. Yoda Wingender

    April 5, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    If the Mexican government had a brain (they don’t, never did, and never will), they simply pass a law saying that it is legal for any citizen to kill drug cartel members, drug dealers, or MS13 gang members. That would have a dramatic effect on crime and clean up the cesspool that we call Mexico.

  2. Stephane

    April 5, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Anyone using drugs is STUPID!

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Border Crisis by the numbers: in January agents seize 500lbs drugs and 70 criminals with outstanding warrants

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The first month of 2023 at the southern border is already looking bleak; just take a look at the numbers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso, Texas have seized over 500 pounds of hard drugs in January alone.

Additionally, the agency apprehended 62 people they were able to identify as having outstanding arrest warrants. Among the criminals were sex offenders.

The devastating numbers are not surprising, given that in December, the El Paso mayor declared a sate of emergency “after record numbers of people were released onto city streets and sidewalks by the Biden administration” reports The Center Square.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also “sent 400 National Guard troops to restore order and provide humanitarian assistance” adds the media outlet. Border Patrol data showed in December, 55,766 illegal foreign nationals were apprehended in the El Paso Sector.

There were also 32,632 known and recorded gotaways in December, meaning they were able to evade getting captured by law and immigration officials. law enforcement officers told The Center Square that despite the skyrocket high numbers, “these seizures and apprehensions represent a fraction of the amount of people and drugs being trafficked to the southern border between ports of entry.”

 

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