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Two men arrested carrying 1.2 million in cash

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two men were arrested after a routine check stop found them carrying 1.2 million peso.

The incident occurred Friday at the federal police filter between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The men were traveling in a Jetta car that was pulled over by the federal police for inspection. Inside the vehicle, police noticed a suitcase. Inspection of the suitcase revealed a gun and 1.2 million peso in cash that the men could not prove origin.

Both men were arrested and placed at the disposal of the Federal Public Ministry.

Police filter check stops have been increased over the weeks as more and more drug-related violence has hit the city of Cancun and parts of Riviera Maya. Additional forces and inspections were added to the filters since the arrest of head cartel leader Dona Lety earlier this month.