The La Barredora and Los Comich gangs fight Los Pelones for Cancun, Tulum and Puerto Morelos specifically. La Barredora invests especially in generating commercial ties with local authorities and officials; La Gente de Achilles, a group belonging to Los Árzate, with strong ties to the Sinaloa Cartel and responsible for most street drug trafficking. Cancun and the 81-mile stretch south of the resort to Tulum, known as the Riviera Maya, attract 13 million visitors a year to its lush beaches and luxury all-inclusive resorts. Cartel members tried last year to assassinate Omar García Harfuch, Mexico City's police chief, in an attack that wounded him and left three people dead, including two of his bodyguards.
Anjali Ryot, an Indian travel blogger who lived in California and was on vacation celebrating her birthday, and German tourist Jennifer Henzold, died in the Oct. 20 attack believed to have been launched by one of several local criminal groups in an attempt to assert control over drugs and extortion rackets. Whereas in the past, the leaders of the main cartels could implicitly accept to be careful in the main tourist regions, the widespread fracture means that there is no coordination, only anarchy. Once seen as an oasis of peace in a nation torn apart by cartel wars, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo has lost its reputation as a safe vacation spot following recent high-profile acts of violence.
Mexican officials said the recent increase in violence is the result of a territorial war between a dozen local gangs seeking to control the street drug trafficking business. In addition to the 10 groups fighting to control the sale of drugs in the “squares” or drug markets of Tulum, there are two other gangs in Cancun fighting for dominance of the Riviera Maya, according to Oscar Montes de Oca, the chief prosecutor in the state of Quintana Roo, where Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Tulum are located. Although the New Generation Cartel in Jalisco remains largely centralized and has not been split, its status as a promising organization in Mexico's underworld means that it is also fighting an uphill battle to eradicate entrenched opponents. David Ortiz Mena, president of the Tulum hotel association, said that the rapid growth of Tulum in recent years had been uncontrolled, without thinking about the effect of organizing jungle parties for 5,000 people.
Zambada García, who led his own eponymous criminal operation before joining the Sinaloa Cartel alongside El Chapo, is in poor health and hiding. In the rest of the country, violence often stems from territorial wars over control of drug trafficking routes that lead to the U. The band has long been an enforcer of the Gulf Cartel, whose battle against their archrivals, the fierce New Generation Cartel of Jalisco and the Sinaloa Cartel, has recently sparked shocking gang-style violence along the Riviera Maya, a stretch of sun-kissed beaches on the peninsula of Yucatan, that is, Mexico. the largest tourist center.
While it is unclear whether the high-profile arrest will lead to the withdrawal of the Jalisco Cartel, the rival Gulf cartel is also facing challenges with the recent death of its leader, Ariel (“El Tigre”) Treviño Peña, who was killed by the Mexican army in a shooting in Matamoros in October. According to the government of Quintana Roo, six criminal groups operate in the tourist city, including the powerful New Generation Cartel of Jalisco, the Old Zetas School and the Sinaloa Cartel. That's where foreigners, who visited Bar Malquerida last month, were unlucky enough to be caught in the cartel crossfire. The New Generation Cartel of Jalisco announced its arrival in El Volantín, a small town in Jalisco near Lake Chapala.
The Minister of Public Security of Quintana Roo, Lucio Hernández, recognizes that drug trafficking and territorial wars are problems in Tulum, and told Refoma that the recent arrival of the Sinaloa Cartel, the criminal organization that once led the notorious convicted drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo Guzmán”, is one of the factors behind the increase in violence. . .