The deadly attacks against security elements in Cancun are caused by the refusal of the new state government to honor prior agreements made with organized crime, military intelligence reports argue.
The deadly attacks are caused primarily by security reforms involving agreements made under the administration of former governor Roberto Borge Angulo. According to military intelligence reports, the government allowed criminal groups to operate in Benito Juarez–where Cancun is located—on the condition they stay away from the tourist zones.
Due to the escalation of cartel violence, the federal government pressured the state to take better control of the situation in the lucrative hub, leading to violent confrontations between cartel gunmen and law enforcement.
In less than one year, there have been 13 attacks against security elements in Cancun which left nine authorities dead and seven wounded, according to local reports.
Roberto Borge Angulo allowed criminal groups to operate with very little interference in Cozumel, Bacalar, Isla Mujeres, Solidaridad, and Tulum as well, say local journalists. The organizations engaged in drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, and robbery, according to military intelligence sources.
The former governor, upon leaving office, became a fugitive after being accused of embezzlement and was later captured in Panama. He now faces charges along with other members of his former cabinet.
According to the military intelligence report, the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) has been the primary group responsible for attacks on government security elements under the new regime. The CJNG was forced to move its operations to the northern zone while the lack of coordination among federal, municipal, and state authorities allowed other cells to move in and operate as well.
Breitbart Texas previously reported on the escalating cartel violence to include 60 Cancun cops being fired in relation to cartel collusion charges.
The U.S. State Department recently issued a warning for tourist beach resorts in Mexico.
Robert Arce is a retired Phoenix Police detective with extensive experience working Mexican organized crime and street gangs. Arce has worked in the Balkans, Iraq, Haiti, and recently completed a three-year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, working out of the Consulate for the United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program, where he was the Regional Program Manager for Northeast Mexico (Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas.)