Troops Sent to Cancun after Recent Cartel Shooting

State Attorney General Oscar Montes de Oca Rosales said the government reinforced security on Cancun beaches and at sea after intimidation shots were fired Tuesday at the Oasis Palm resort.

According to Rosales, more “tourist battalions” of National Guard troops, Mexican marines with bulletproof vests, helmets, and assault rifles, would patrol beaches, including the sea, after criminal groups have recently begun using it as an escape route.

“We are going to have to modify our strategies, cover those areas of the sea. If we have to buy jet skis, I think it can be done,” Rosales added.

On Tuesday, a group of men in military uniforms converged on a resort on jet skis, opened fire into the air, abandoned their jet skis, changed into civilian clothes, and fled, police said. 

Rosales said the shots were likely an intimidation attempt or a warning by criminals due to the presence of the National Guard.

The shooting happened one week after a new tourism security battalion of the National Guard began operating in the Riviera Maya, a coastal region of Quintana Roo that includes Cancún, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. 

In October, stray bullets killed two tourists in nearby Tulum. 

In November, gunmen opened fire in front of Azul Beach Resort and the Hyatt Ziva Riviera, killing two drug dealers from a rival gang.

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