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Does Cancun have a murder problem?


The New York Post published a story Monday about the growing murder problem in Cancun, a popular spot for sun worshipers on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. 

From the Post: 

While Cancun is known for its spectacular white sand beaches and turquoise waters, the tourist hotspot is in the grips of a brutal and growing crime wave that threatens to leave it a ghost town.

Located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, things are so bad in Cancun that the murder rate has doubled in the past year — with 169 killings in the first half of 2017.

Amid a thriving drug trade and widespread extortion, fear is rampant and most of the murders go unsolved. Now, the situation is so dire that its multibillion-dollar tourism industry is under threat.

Having just returned from five days in Cancun I didn't sense any immediate danger, however, I'd note that local TV stations aren't found in a lot of hotels and newspapers aren't prolific either. Not surprisingly, those with money to lose in Cancun would probably rather this just go away. 

More here.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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