The Municipal President, Pedro Joaquín Delbouis, announced that in the first two months of 2019 the security strategies paid off, as the Cozumel crime on the island decreased on average by 50 percent compared to the same period of 2018.
Cozumel crime rate decreases by 50%
"We continue working to achieve that Cozumel that we all want; We still lack and we will not lower our guard. Citizens can see more police presence today than in the past administration, but despite that, we continue to organize and plan strategies. That people can notice."
There are agreements and commitments with the various security agencies and institutions, such as the Attorney General's Office, State Attorney General's Office, State Police, Naval Sector, Army and all law enforcement agencies, with whom work in harmony in the areas of procurement and investigation, which has generated a substantial change in the destination in this area.
According to statistics from the Directorate of Public Safety and Traffic, in February, minor offenses on the island decreased by 41 percent, registering 79 cases, compared to 136 in the same period of 2018.
"Although this year Cozumel was excluded from the subsidy of the Strengthening Program for Security (Fortaseg), we will seek other mechanisms with the Federal and State governments, as well as with various sectors of society to implement strategies to prevent crime, in order that is reflected in a decrease in the crime rate, and thereby ensure the physical integrity of the families of Cozumel and their visitors.".
At the end of the security meeting in Cozumel, the head of the Ministry of Public Security in Quintana Roo, Jesús Alberto Capella Ibarra, said that an articulated work is being developed with the City of Cozumel, which is bearing fruit, and highlighted that Pedro Joaquin has presented initiatives to inhibit criminal behavior and strengthen security on the island.
The head of the Directorate of Public Safety and Traffic, Guido Renán Rosas, stressed that since the beginning of this administration, the City of Cozumel has implemented various training programs for members of the Municipal Police, in order to have prepared elements to keep crime figures down.
The courses given to the police of the island, include the Internal Regulation, Professional Ethics, Psychological Sensitization, Suggestions to eliminate "bites", administrative and probably criminal offenses, as well as training to manipulate and operate skillfully firearms accurately. About 80 police officers completed their initial training.
Cocaine found on an Italian cruise ship in Cozumel
Six packages of drugs, apparently cocaine, were found inside a cruise ship docked in Cozumel. It was the cruise MSC Divina, of Italian citizenship and coming from the Cayman Islands.
The events occurred when the customs department was alerted about the existence of a suspicious package, information that was sent to the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR), the body that led the operation through the Federal Ministerial Police, the Secretariat of the Navy, Federal Police and personnel of the Tax Administration System.
Usually, cruise ships do not let people from outside the ship get on the ship, unless there is a complaint, what happened in this case and in the review of the ship found the existence of six packages wrapped inside a bathroom, with the characteristics of the alkaloid cocaine.
The cruise MSC Divina sailed yesterday to Miami with the crew and passengers who arrived on the island of Cozumel, while the alkaloid was available to the FGR.
This is an unprecedented seizure in Cozumel, at least in this decade, since the most similar was recorded in 2011 when American tourists tried to board a hotel-ship of the Royal Caribbean chain with a few grams of marijuana, a drug that It was seized.
It was affirmed that the FGR will continue with the investigations and in case of finding those responsible for this transfer of drugs - found in a bath of the ship - they could give the part to the authorities of Miami.
So far it is presumed that someone would have gone up with the intention of making a transfer to the United States, circumventing the security controls of the ship and Mexican authorities; the finding was reported by customs agents.
The data obtained establishes that personnel from Customs and the National Institute of Migration (INM) gave notice to the Ministerial Police of FGR, that inside some bathrooms of the Divine MSC, there was a suspicious package of what they thought could be drugs, and that Some unknown person, who could be a passenger or crew, intended to traffic to the United States.
That motivated an operative in the pier of Punta Langosta, where the cruise in question was docked, involving agents of the Tax Administration Service (SAT) and elements of the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico, but the seizure was the responsibility of the FGR.
The ministers would have found inside a bathroom, apparently public, on the same cruise, six packages covered with plastic under pressure, which contained white powder with the characteristics of cocaine.
There were no detainees, because the packages had been abandoned by those who entered them on the cruise, managing to evade all the security controls of the shipping company and the same Mexican federal authorities that were on the dock, since the data indicate that cocaine It was found inside the cruise, not at the moment when someone tried to introduce it to the ship.
It transpired that the cruise traveled from the Caribbean and arrived at 9:00 am, to sail from the island at 18:00 hours, bound for Miami, Florida.
The MSC Divina cruise has a capacity for 4,343 passengers, as well as 1,370 crew members.
The cost of the trip through the Caribbean, sailing from Miami to return to the same port is 16 thousand 699 pesos per person and has various restaurants, swimming pools, nightclubs, and a theater.
It is worth mentioning that Cozumel is the world's leading cruise ship leader, arriving at this island about 4 million tourists a year.