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Assassins seen on video at Mexico beachfront hotel tackling one of two rivals they shot dead

Surveillance cameras have captured the moment a group of assassins calmly walked across a beach near a hotel in Mexico where they gunned down two drug dealers in broad daylight before boarding speedboats to make their getaway.  

The attackers sent scores of guests running for cover at the $400-a-night Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancún and adjacent Azul Beach Resort last Thursday in Puerto Morelos, south of Cancún, in what the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office described as a dispute over control of the lucrative drug trade turf.

The 15 armed men were picked up by security cameras wandering near the hotel property around 2pm local time and were later shown by another surveillance camera tackling an alleged drug dealer to the sand before he was dragged away and shot dead.

A hotel worker is seen running towards the Hyatt Ziva Hotel. Gunmen reportedly killed a second drug pusher just steps away from the hotel, were he attempted to seek refuge. 

Authorities said a person suffered an injury in the attack. It’s unknown if the victim was a guest or employee of the Hyatt Ziva. 

Still image from a surveillance camera shows gunmen rushing towards Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancún during an attack that left two rival drug dealers dead last Thursday. The Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office described the incident as a dispute over control of the lucrative drug trade turf

César 'G' was arrested by authorities in Quintana Roo, Mexico, for his role in last Thursday's attack that left 15 people dead. He confessed to driving the attackers, who killed two rival drug dealers in front of a hotel in Puerto Morelos, south of Cancún

Miguel 'Y' is one of two suspects that have been arrested in connection to the murder of two rival drug dealers outside a resort in Puerto Morelos last Thursday

César ‘G’ and Miguel ‘Y’ drove the 15 attackers to the area near the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancún and Azul Beach Resort last Thursday in Puerto Morelos were the gunmen killed two rival dealers. The two suspects confessed to authorities that the incident was fueled by two feuding gangs linked to the Sinaloa Cartel

A different camera showed the gunmen walking through the beach shore and boarding two vessels to escape via Petempich Bay.

The Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office announced Friday the apprehensions of two men, identified as César ‘G’ and Miguel ‘Y’. Both men confessed to authorities that they transported the attackers to the hotel area before they unleashed the attack.

Three members of the group that was attacked – Alexander ‘C’, Gael ‘P’ and José ‘P’ – were also arrested Friday. 

Initial investigations show that the gun the attack was sparked by the ongoing feud between two drug dealing factions connected to Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel.

The Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office said the attacks were ordered by jailed Sinaloa Cartel members Josué ‘S’ and Hugo ‘P’ who are being held at the Benito Juárez Social Rehabilitation Center. 

Authorities are also looking to arrest Uriel ‘P’ for his role in orchestrating the attack. 

The shooting in Puerto Morelos took place two weeks after a shootout at a restaurant in Tulum left two foreign tourists dead – including a California resident – and three others wounded. Law enforcement has produced nine arrests tied to that incident.

A security camera shows a group of armed assassins pacing through a beachfront hotel property in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, last Thursday before they killed two rival drug dealers

A security camera shows a group of armed assassins pacing through a beachfront hotel property in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, last Thursday before they killed two rival drug dealers

A group of gunmen linked to the Sinaloa Cartel walk on a beach in Puerto Morelos before they set off an attack that left two rival drug dealers dead. Both groups involved in the shooting are linked to the Sinaloa Cartel

A group of gunmen linked to the Sinaloa Cartel walk on a beach in Puerto Morelos before they set off an attack that left two rival drug dealers dead. Both groups involved in the shooting are linked to the Sinaloa Cartel

Quintana Roo attorney general Oscar Montes de Oca told Imagen Radio station that there are close to 10 gangs disputing the street drug sale business in Tulum and that another two are battling for positioning in Puerto Morelos.

The heavy presence of 20 million tourists throughout the Caribbean coastal state had driven a rise in drug sales.

‘We are facing an issue of supply and demand for drugs,’ Montes de Oca said.

Governor Carlos  called the attack ‘a serious blow to the development and security of the state … putting the image of the state at grave risk.’ 

Antonio Chaves, the leader of Maya Riviera Hotel Association, told The Associated Press the shootings would impact the state’s tourism industry, which is recovering the the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Clearly, we are going to suffer setbacks in the very short term,’ Chaves said, adding that, even though it causes suffering, it’s unlikely to deter drug gangs.

‘They are criminal groups that don’t care about the place, the time, the surroundings, and that affects the tourism zone,’ he said.

Mike Sington, a Twitter user whose biography says he is an executive at NBC Universal,  tweeted the above image of guests and employees at the Hyatt Zica Rivera Cancún Hotel after 15 armed men killed two rival drug dealers last Thursday in Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Mike Sington, a Twitter user whose biography says he is an executive at NBC Universal,  tweeted the above image of guests and employees at the Hyatt Zica Rivera Cancún Hotel after 15 armed men killed two rival drug dealers last Thursday in Puerto Morelos, Mexico

The shootings were the latest chapter in drug gang violence that has sullied the reputation of Mexico’s Caribbean coast as a once-tranquil oasis.

Guests at both resorts posted social media images of tourists hiding or nervously milling in the lobbies.

Mike Sington, a Twitter user whose biography indicates he is an executive at NBC Universal, said guests were instructed to hide in their rooms and barricade the doors 

Keith Jackson, a tourist from London, England, left the beach just before the shooting. But he said Friday, ‘We’re not sure we would come back. We’re not sure we would come back after this.’

‘The two women that were killed in Tulum, you know, in the crossfire, you know, this is what happened,’ Jackson said. ‘So we all kind of worried that something will happen while we’re there and we’ll get caught in the in the action.’

Mike Sington, a Twitter user whose biography says he is an executive at NBC Universal, said guests were instructed to hide in their rooms and barricade the doors

Mike Sington, a Twitter user whose biography says he is an executive at NBC Universal, said guests were instructed to hide in their rooms and barricade the doors 


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