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New head of PGR appointed for state in light of Cancun violence

Cancun, Q.R. — The Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico has named a new head for the state of Quintana Roo. Replacing Gerardo Mejía Granados will be Antonio Mendoza Chávez.

Mendoza Chávez will be the new head of the PGR (La Procuraduría General de la República) for the state in light of a recent increase of gang related violence.

Mendoza Chávez had previously been a delegate in Morelos. He has a law degree from the University of Guanajuato and had been a delegate of the PGR in Yucatan, Baja California, Guanajuato, Jalisco and Oaxaca.

His arrival comes at a time when Quintana Roo, especially Cancun, is going through record levels of homicides linked to organized crime.

The change is part of a renewal in eight states, which also includes that of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Guerrero, Michoacán and Morelos.

The new delegates were appointed by Alberto Elías Beltrán, Deputy Attorney General for International Affairs, in substitution of the Attorney General of the Republic.