Federal authorities refuse to charge suspected human traffickers in Cancun

Mexican federal authorities in Cancún have refused to investigate and charge two teenagers arrested at a house where they were holding Cuban migrants.

The case unfolded this week in Benito Juarez, hometown of Cancún, where municipal police intervened in a house and rescued six Cuban migrants being held against their will, NotiCaribe reported.

Authorities have arrested a 19- and 18-year-old man who is believed to be holding the migrants. According to Mexican media, local police took the suspects to Mexico’s attorney general’s office, but investigators there refused to process the suspects for unknown reasons.

Local police then took the two suspects to the Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office. However, according to NotiCaribestate investigators were unable to charge the suspects, and a lawyer arrived soon after to file an “amparo” requesting their release.

State authorities’ refusal to prosecute comes days after they suspiciously freed an Ohio man and woman who allegedly stole a vehicle and led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in gunshots and a vehicle accident. Derek Shaw Vitas and Kristy Shaw of Grafton, Ohio allegedly stole a vehicle, which was the primary mode of transportation and work for a local family, from Cancun International Airport.

Cancun is experiencing an escalation in violence as rival criminal organizations fight for control of drug and human trafficking routes. Despite claims by Mexican officials, cartel turf wars have resulted in shootings and killings in and around posh resorts.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist from Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com.




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