Chetumal, Q.R. — Nine out of 10 homicides registered in Quintana Roo in 2021 were connected to drug dealing. The State Attorney General, Oscar Montes de Oca Rosales, made the comment earlier in the week, saying that last year, homicides increased by 1.1 percent with the addition of 12 more compared to 2020.
“But we consider these figures positive since, compared to the data of 2018 and 2019, it has been possible to decrease the rate by 30 percent as the trend continues to decline.”
He said that in the case of 2020, which was considered an atypical year as a result of the pandemic, the number of registered homicides was similar to 2021, because mobility was restricted.
Montes de Oca also commented on strategies such as the Safe Beach Program where 25 operations resulted in the arrests of 125 people. We are working to recover those beach spaces that are illegally occupied and that are used by criminal groups for the sale of drugs and which generates an increase in violence, he said.
He affirmed that after the events in Puerto Morelos, arrest warrants have been carried out and there are others pending.
He said that in February, an annual report will be delivered to the Sixteenth Legislature where details of resources have been applied along with the strategies to comply with the recommendations made by the United States Department of Justice through a diagnosis of the strengths and weaknesses of the state agency.