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City of Cancun official confirmed arrested as financial operator of drug cartel

Cancun, Q.R. — The Ministry of the Interior (Segob) has confirmed the arrest of José Francisco Pool Cupul for the crime of money laundering as the financial operator of a drug cartel. Pool Cupul is a long-time serving member of Benito Juárez City Hall.

Through a report, Alfonso Navarrete Prida of Segob, said that the arrest was carried out by federal forces in Cancun February 24. The federal official explained that Pool Cupul has since been identified as the financial operator of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) in Quintana Roo and is being charged with laundering money through shell companies.

Along with Jose Francisco Pool Cupul, Higinio Ruiz Pablo, 27, who worked as his escort, was also apprehended. The arrests are part of the nation-wide Titan-Shield operation through which, in the last week, federal forces have captured several suspected drug traffickers in Quintana Roo and Mexico City.

After the arrest of José Francisco Pool Cupul, Cancun mayor Remberto Estrada Barba said that neither private initiative nor the public sector are exempt from the intrusion of organized crime and that Pool Cupul worked for the city since 2005, adding that the municipal government does not have the ability to investigate the relationship of its staff with criminal groups.

Estrada Barba added, “No one is exempt from the involvement of organized crime in the public-private sector. It is an issue that we must all reinforce as civil society working hand-in-hand.”

José Francisco Pool Cupul operated with a low profile as an official of the Benito Juárez City Council where he was head of the evening shift for the Department of Inspectors of Public Roads.