Cancun, Q.R. — Numerous licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages have been revoked in Cancun and Riviera Maya for irregularities.
Layla Lorena Flores Terrazas, general director of Licenses for Alcoholic Beverages says that from January 2015 to September 2016, licenses granted to establishments for the sale of alcohol were found to be part of the irregularities under the former Borge government.
Flores Terrazas explains that 814 licenses were granted during that time, which should have been a profit of around 250 million peso for the state, however, only 8 million peso was recorded from the permits.
She says that since each alcohol permit costs 30,000 peso, the former government administration of Roberto Borge Angulo appears to have deprived the state of at least 234 million peso. During the last quarter of his administration, she noted that 573 permits were granted.
She explained that these irregularities have triggered investigations in state establishments, saying that although she does not have exact figures yet, some businesses have already had their permits revoked for lack of corresponding documentation.
The general director stressed that under the Borge administration, from June 6 to September 22 of 2016, 573 licenses were handed out, many free of charge. She says that others were charged 180 peso, 500 peso and 1,800 peso, all of which are in the process of being revoked.
Of the 11,000 alcohol permits that exist in the state of Quintana Roo, she says about 30 percent were delivered during the last five years of the previous government adding that Borge was handing out licenses up to the day before his administration left office.