Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The head of State Security reported the arrests of 18 people from Playa del Carmen streets Wednesday. Their arrests were made after police tours and in response to citizen complaints for drug sales and extortion attempts.
Lucio Hernández, Secretary of Public Security in the State of Quintana Roo, reported that after reports and investigations using surveillance footage, 18 people alleged related to the sale of drugs and extortion, were removed from Fifth Avenue.
On April 6, six men were arrested through an operation with the help of a narcotics dog. After their arrests, another operation along Fifth Avenue lead them to detain a second group who were found in possession of a variety of narcotics and cash that consisted of Mexican peso, U.S D. and Colombian pesos.
A third operation that lead to the arrests of six more was carried out shortly afterward. All three police operations took place along Fifth Avenue. All of those arrested are believed involved in drug sales and / or extortion along Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue.
In a press conference, Lucio Hernández said “the detainees and what was seized were made available to the prosecutor of the public ministry. In all of these actions carried out Wednesday, 18 people, presumably dedicated to drug dealing and extortion on Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen, were seized.”