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This article was translated and reposted from La Palabra Del Caribe 

April 30, 2024. 

The former director of the Cancun jail, Fermin Cortes Burgos, was executed this Monday in Chetumal, by hired killers who opened fire on him.
The homicide took place near the Naval Zone when the former official was riding a motorcycle.
According to the videos released, it can be seen how Cortés Burgos lost control, skidded and crashed into a cab after being wounded by the burst of gunfire.
Cortés Burgos, with a career within the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), served as director of the Cancún prison during the six-year term of then Governor Carlos Joaquín González.
He was currently serving as an advisor to the state’s Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC).
The execution was reportedly carried out by hitmen from the Caborca cartel under the orders of “Kike” alias ‘LMV’. The victim had already received several threats and was accused of having a Facebook page that publishes information about criminal groups in Chetumal.
The State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) informed that it had initiated an investigation to clarify the facts, while specialized experts went to the scene to gather evidence to support the investigation.
The institution confirmed that the victim was an active member of the Secretariat of Citizen Security.
The incident occurred at the same time as the arrival of an average of 200 elements of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) to Chetumal, to reinforce security in the capital, which in the last few days has seen an increase in violent acts, threats and homicides.
Along with the military, an EC225 helicopter from the Mexican Air Force was also received to strengthen operations against organized crime through ground incursions and deterrents in rural communities with high crime rates in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco.
A few days ago, a video attributed to an organized crime group announcing its arrival in Cozumel to take over the island’s plaza shook the island’s population.
In this regard, this morning, the Secretary of Government, Cristina Gómez, explained that it is fake material used in other places and that it has “edited” voices and images that adapt it to the local context.
“Normally, if you notice, in seasons like the one we are living now, mainly political, many videos or alert messages are used to try to confuse the population”, she said, pointing out that the FGE will give a technical explanation about the images and message of this video, in which men with their faces covered and armed are observed, apparently in the jungle.
Flanked by the head of the SSC, Julio Cesar Gomez, the official pointed out in the press conference that she and other officials gave on the island, that the same situation has been detected in Chetumal; that is to say, that they begin with the dissemination of threatening messages and alerts that call on the population not to go out.
“We do not have any Code Red in Chetumal at this moment”, she clarified, when interviewed after the meeting of the Security and Justice Round Table, in which “strategic actions implemented in the construction of peace and security” were announced, attended by more than 40 businessmen from the tourism industry.
There, it was said that 252 surveillance cameras will be installed, representing an increase of 510 percent and the placement of 33 new intelligent monitoring points to strengthen security.
The exact moment of the execution of Fermín Cortés Burgos
“This is the exact moment of the execution Fermín Cortés Burgos former director of the Cereso de Cancún, recorded this morning in the state capital, the police commander was shot by gunmen of the Caborca cartel with long weapons known as cuernos de chivo (AK-47). “