Published On: Wed, Feb 19th, 2014

“Los Pelones” take over the Hotel Zone in Cancun

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A taxi driver was caught with his accomplice in possession of four packages of drug in one of the streets of the 221 region, in the city of Cancun, Quintana Roo.

The organized criminal group known as “Los Pelones” took control of the distribution of drugs in Cancun’s hotel zone and drew out the Gulf Cartel, according to police intelligence investigations. The detention of a taxi driver and his accomplice, on Monday, February 17, showed that these subjects distributed the drug not only in the city but also in the touristic zone.

Distributors used a taxi to drop the drug packages at Plaza Forum, a shopping center located on kilometer 8.5 of Boulevard Kukulcan, right in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone.

The hotel zone was controlled by the criminal group “Los Zetas” until a few months ago when they started to be drawn away by “Los Pelones”.

The Care Special Prosecutor launched an investigation  115/2014 for crimes against health in the form of possession for purposes of sale, against 26 year old Venancio Villatoro Zamorano, and 27-year-old Arturo Víctor Moran Lemus. According to the state agency, both were arrested by members of the Municipal Department of Public Security and Traffic (Smspyt) when circulating aboard the taxi number 4870 in Region 221 of the city of Cancun.

Police officers seized 185 doses of “crack” and cocaine, in four packages, ready to be delivered for distribuiton. The first investigations of the State Judicial Police (PJE) showed that the two detainees belong to the criminal group known as “Los Pelones”.

According to his own statement, Villatoro Zamorano,  began as a “Hawk” (“Halcon”),  the guy responsible to watch the different drug points of sale, and report to the drug lords of any law enforcement corporations movements.  But after a couple of months, he was promoted to drug dealer, for which he got paid one thousand American dollars for each delivery.

Investigations revealed that Villatoro Zamorano was responsible for distributing and collecting the money from the sale of drugs in different parts of the city, such as the regions 94, 105, 107, 234, among others.

Intelligence sources said that members of “Los Pelones” and the “Andrés Quintana Roo Taxi Association”, which Villatoro Zamorano belongs to, are responsible for the distribution of drugs in the hotel zone.

Taxi drivers go down to the city, arriving with the person delivering them packages of drugs, with the exact amount of doses of “crack” for distribution in the Black Coral Market, Plaza Forum, Playa Gaviota, among other areas along Boulevard Kukulcan, that is the modus operandi of this particular criminal group.

The last “big boss” of the hotel zone drug distribution was Alqimero  Córdoba Ventura, age 42, (aka “El Ventura”) that belonged to the criminal group “Los Zetas” , who was arrested in July 2012. He also used taxis to move the drugs up and down Boulevard Kukulcan, in order to prevent detention.

Members of "Los Pelones"

Members of “Los Pelones” (Photo: SIPSE.COM)


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