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9 arrested for exploiting animals in Playa del Carmen

Nine people were arrested earlier this week on Playa del Carmen’s popular Fifth Avenue for exploiting animals. The arrests stemmed from a complaint made by a tourist who was asked to have a photo with an animal.

After refusing, the tourist was then subjected to insults and intimidation. PPM conducted an investigation along Avenida Constituents / Fifth Avenue where they confiscated a lemur, a lion club and four squirrel monkeys.

Arrested were Raul Chavez Fernando Virgin 52-year-old native of Mexico City, Marco Antonio Avila Garcia 34-year-old native of Chiapas and Juan Carlos Barrera Solis 36-year-old native of Edo. De Mexico.

Continuing their Fifth Avenue operation resulted in the arrest of Enrique Díaz Alejandro Lagunas 42-year-old native of Baja California Norte and Lazareno Isaiah Mendez, 28, a native of Tabasco. On nearby streets of Avenida Quintana, they later arrested 42-year old Guillermo Sarabia Maciel, of Acapulco, Lizbeth Yulissa Méndez Madrigal, 18, Nicolas Moreno Sloan, 18, and Jorge Castellanos Aceves, 28, all from the Federal District.

All the animals were taken into protective custody while the nine accused were taken before the civil judge.

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