Nine Suspects Detained in Playa de Carmen Shooting

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At least nine people have been detained by authorities in relationship to the Saturday, July 23, shootout in Mexico’s Playa del Carmen beach resort, police reported Thursday, July 28.

According to police, at least two of the nine arrested persons were directly linked to the Fifth Avenue shootout in Playa del Carmen, in the Mexican Caribbean state of Quintana Roo.

The shooting, believed to be a confrontation between warring drug cartels, left three people injured, according to Quintana Roo Undersecretary of Security Ricardo Mejía.

Members of the Mexican Army and Quintana Roo Police secured three firearms and 31 bags of narcotics in the possession of the suspects.

Playa del Carmen is a popular resort destination for foreigner tourists and expats and has recently been plagued by numerous acts of drug-related violence.

The July 23 shootout gained global attention because it occurred in an area of the city frequented by foreigners.

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