Police Capture Four Dangerous Criminals Operating in Tulum

The four men were apprehended for their alleged involvement in the crimes of homicide and drug dealing in the bar area of Tulum.

Police Capture Four Dangerous Criminals Operating in Tulum
The fight for Tulum where criminal groups escalate violence in the tourist paradise. Credit: Agencies

Four men were arrested because they were thought to have been involved in the murders of six people who were killed between July 13 and August 5 of this year in the bar area of the city of Tulum.

At a press conference, Attorney General Óscar Montes de Oca Rosales explained that members of the Coordination Group for the Construction of Peace and Security in the state apprehended Luis X, Ricardo E, Leonardo T, and Rafael O for their alleged participation in the crimes of homicide and drug dealing.

He recalled that on July 13, as well as on the 6th and 8th of this month, the agent of the Public Ministry of Tulum was informed of the disappearance of six people from Comalcalco, Tabasco; Chetumal; Mexico City; the State of Mexico; and Felipe Carrillo Puerto, who were violently approached by an armed group.

"It was possible to confirm that the persons were deprived of their freedom on July 13 and August 5; a cab was secured, which was used as a means for the commission of the crime." During the investigation, it became clear that the cab driver was always selling drugs and was part of a criminal group called "Los Pelones."

He said that, according to the investigation, the six victims were also part of this criminal organization, since they sold and distributed drugs in the area of bars in Tulum where they were assigned. But they were caught by other members of the same criminal group when they were selling drugs to a rival group. Because of this, they were taken into custody and killed.

In this sense, the prosecutor added that on August 12 and 13, the six bodies were found in an ejido area of Tulum in an advanced state of decomposition, and after the autopsy, they showed signs of torture and the cause of death was a firearm projectile.

"It should be clarified that a member of this criminal structure, through the figure of opportunity criteria, provided additional information for the capture of these subjects, including their leader, identified as Rafael O."