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Canada and U.S. federal agencies to arrive for an information exchange on criminal groups

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Canadian Police and the U.S. DEA and FBI agencies will be part of an information exchange on criminal groups. Governor Carlos Joaquín González has said that since the latest shootings, in particular, the Riviera Maya Xcaret Hotel shooting that involved Canadian criminals, the other agencies are coming to the state.

He reported that they are coming for an exchange of information about the criminal group that organized the attack. Joaquin has said that the Xcaret Hotel shooting was the result of a dispute between two groups that apparently operate in Canada. The group in Canada hired a person in Mexico to carry out the assassination.

Referring to the American and Canadian agencies, he said “they will come to work with us in terms of review, exchange of information and improvement to avoid situations like the one at Xcaret, since the Canadian Mounted Police, the DEA and the FBI will go far beyond the information we can have in terms of intelligence because they are agencies that do not operate here.”

Joaquin expressed concern about criminals using the sea as an access point to commit crimes

The governor described the number of weapons that enter the country as “worrying” since they are later identified in regional criminal acts. He also expressed his concern about these organized crime groups using the sea as a place from which they approach establishments to carry out murders, like the recent shooting at Mamitas Beach Club.

He said that they are currently working on security protocols for establishments to avoid something like this happening again.

“We are going to, in upcoming days, with all establishments and hotels, generate a ten point strategy that allow increasing the number of tools and security possibilities in the various private establishments,” but did not provide details as to what those points will be.

He did report that in addition to carrying out a series of strategies to reinforce security in private properties, agencies from Canada and the United States and will come to support the intelligence and security work.

“These events leave an extreme mark,” he said adding that “perhaps if they had occurred in another place, it would not have had the same impact, but we are obligated to explain. Fortunately we have detainees. Impunity in the state is over,” he said.

Joaquin pointed out that when events like shootings take place in tourist areas, they cloud the work that is being done to reduce crime rates. “Unfortunately, Quintana Roo also attracts criminals. Many of the cases we have had are related to drugs, which damages the prestige of places where the crimes are committed,” he said.