MEXICO CITY – The Caribbean resort city of Cancun was quiet on Friday after a night that saw a suspect die in a shootout with police and the discovery of dismembered bodies in the hotel district, Mexican authorities said.
“Police responded to an armed attack by suspected members of criminal gangs in Cancun and order has been restored,” the government of the southeastern state of Quintana Roo said in a statement.
Official spokesman Gener Corona said that the man killed was among several assailants aboard a pickup truck who fired shots at law enforcement agents.
Two of the four suspects arrested following the gunfight had bullet wounds.
No civilians were hurt in the incident, which took place in a busy area of Cancun, one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations and the venue for the June 19-21 General Assembly of the Organization of American States.
Separately, authorities found two plastic bags containing human body parts.
The gruesome discovery took place at around 4:00 am Friday in the area housing most of Cancun’s luxury hotels.
Cancun and nearby resort spots such as Playa del Carmen have been plagued this year by violence that authorities attribute to a turf battle among rival criminal organizations.
In January, an attack on the Cancun bureau of the Quintana Roo state Attorney General’s Office left four people dead just days after five perished in a shootout at a club in Playa del Carmen.
Observers in Cancun say that at least some of the mayhem is the work of reputed drug boss Leticia Rodriguez, alias “Doña Lety.”