Chetumal, Q.R. — A new director of the Ministerial Police of Quintana Roo has been sworn in. On Wednesday, General David Enrique Velarde Sigüenza was made the new director of the Ministerial Police of Quintana Roo after an official ceremony in the capital city of Chetumal.
After being presented by the Attorney General Miguel Ángel Pech Cen, as the Ministerial Police commissioner, one of Velarde Sigüenza’s first orders of business was to state he had no connection with the escape of drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera, “El Chapo”.
Velarde Sigüenza refused allegations of having any knowledge of the tunnel that allowed the drug lord to escape from the Almoloya de Juárez prison, clarifying that he was in a military station near the area, but was responsible for training soldiers.
“My job was to be the investigating police of the Mexican Army. I have never been in the federal sphere, in security of the penal system. My responsibility was to train soldiers in the driving and handling of tanks,” said General Velarde.
He noted that a journalist discovered there was a military setup in the area and related it to the escape of the capo.
During the swearing-in ceremony, it was also announced that Captain Juan Carlos García Miranda will take the reins of the subdirectorate of the Ministerial Police in the south-central area of the state.
“At all times we are very aware of the commitment to Quintana Roo and the correct application of justice. That is why together we are generating better working conditions and have gone from a period of basically empirical work to a stage of professionalization with an eye toward building favorable scenarios for all in an environment of justice and legality,” said the Attorney General.