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Mexico 'sends in the army' to ensure the safety of tourists

Mexico “sends in the army” to ensure the safety of tourists.

The Mexican government has deployed 300 army troops to the Quintana Roo area - which includes holiday hotspots such as Cancun, Tulum and Riviera Maya - to keep their booming number of visitors safe from crime and assist in investigations into criminal gangs.

Mexico - which is widely considered to be a safe country despite the US State Department issuing a travel alert in 2018 - has seen the crime waves spill out from the back streets and into the resorts, prompting the government to act. Two tourists died following a shooting at a swanky hotel in Playa Del Carmen.

The country - which relies on tourism for 10 per cent of their annual GDP - is battling their bad reputation coming back, which permeated for years before their tourism levels hit record levels during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions as they did not lock down in the same way as other popular holiday spots.

The army has assisted with criminal gangs recently, such as a “historic” raid at a Culiacan warehouse that saw 1,224 pounds of methamphetamines, 15 pounds of heroin, 68 pounds of coke and 156,526 of processing materials last month, worth an estimated $200 million.

At a press conference, Ricardo Meja, Assistant Public Safety Secretary said: “This is the largest seizure in history of this lethal drug”.

10 people were arrested in connection to the raid by the Mexican Army and National Guard.

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