Cancun, Q.R. — Ten people were handcuffed and removed from Playa Delfines in the Cancun Hotel Zone Friday. Elements of the navy, along with Cancun police and the National Guard, made the arrests and confiscated items to break up a drug ring.
Personnel from the National Institute of Migration (INM) were also on site. A navy ship was seen off the beach area of Playa Delfines as officials swept in and made their arrests. The ship was in place in the event jet skis were used for an escape.
At least 10 people were taken into custody on drug-related charges as well as obstruction of police work. Authorities also seized two guns, beach furniture and jet skis among other items.
The arrests were made after a palapa that was allegedly selling alcohol without a permit, was found selling drugs.
After the arrests, the Caribbean Business Coordinating Council celebrated the operation and the dismantling of the group from one of the busiest public beaches in Cancun.
“We recognize and appreciate the great work of the corresponding authorities to safeguard the physical integrity of the families who go to the beaches, strengthening the prevention and the fight against crime through close coordination with the forces of security for the benefit of our municipality,” the CCE wrote in a letter.
In June, Cancun authorities were on site at Playa Delfines to strip, what authorities said, were illegal commercial buildings to ward off illegal activity. Truck loads of furniture were moved and several buildings bulldozed.