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Internal Affairs says no organized crime or terrorist cell in Barcos Caribe ferry incident

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Attorney General of Internal Affairs says that the February 21 Playa del Carmen Barcos Caribe ferry explosion was not related to organized crime or a terrorist cell.

In a press conference, Alberto Elías Beltrán, Deputy Attorney General for International Affairs, explained that since the explosion, the General Prosecutor’s Office has moved the evidence to the office of the Criminal Investigation Agency.

There, experts in forensic photography, explosives and forensic chemistry continue to look into the devices found on the Barcos Caribe ferries. Derived from the investigations, it can be concluded that the remains of the explosive device show a similarity with the one found days before and it is clear that it is a rudimentary or homemade artifact.

Based on expert reports and investigations, the incident was not part of terrorist organization or organized crime. However, those investigating the case say they are still working on possible perpetrators.

In regards to the possibility that the explosion was self inflicted by the Borge family who owns the company Barcos Caribe, Elías Beltrán said he cannot comment on who is being investigated, but did say that all lines of investigation remain open and that that possibility or “some other situation” may arise.

“I cannot comment on other details of insured goods or the scope of the investigation” he said. He thanked the American FBI and the ATF for their contributions in the investigation

According to Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo, the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel ferry service has seen an increase in usage this year. Figures show that during the first two months of 2017, just over 721,000 used the crossing service.

During January and February of 2018, that number increased more than 43,000 with the Port Administration showing over 765,000 passengers crossing between the mainland and the island.

With the two main ferries, Ultramar and Barcos México, it’s business as usual with a normal flow of tourism.