Last updated on March 6, 2018
Cancun, Q.R. – A head cartel member believed responsible for most of the recent violence in the state has been captured in the city of Cancun.
Elements of the Federal Security Cabinet have found and arrested Joshua Loyo Peña, a member of the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel, who has been identified by local authorities as one of the main generators of violence in Quintana Roo.
The discovery and eventual arrest of Loyo Peña took place during an operation in which five houses in Cancun were searched by the Navy and National Defense. Finding him also involved elements from the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic as well as the Federal Police.
The coordinated efforts resulted in his discovery in a home in Cancun. Local authorities have said they believe Loyo Peña belongs to a criminal organization that has its main center of operation in the western state of Jalisco.
Aside from recent ordered shootings, Loyo Peña is also believed to be behind the January 17 attack on the facilities of the North Prosecutor’s Office in Cancún. During that 10-man attack, 4 people died including police officer, Humberto Mora Ochoa. Of the 10 that participated in the attack, five were arrested.