Prison gangs try to extort ‘safety’ funds from taxi drivers in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort of Cancun, prosecutors mentioned Monday.
It’s a downside that has lengthy beset the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco, the place the killing of drivers and the torching of taxis has turn into commonplace, however it was lengthy believed that Cancun wouldn’t face such ranges of violence and extortion.
On Monday, prosecutors detained 5 males who had been demanding about $12 per week from 200 unionized taxi drivers to permit them to work. Previously, such calls for have often been accompanied by threats to shoot drivers and burn taxis that fail to pay.
The 5 males have been arrested aboard two taxis, and have been discovered with marijuana and meth of their possession. They’ve been ordered held pending trial on extortion costs.
Excessive taxi fares have lengthy been a topic of debate in Cancun, however the resort had beforehand confronted one other, extra urgent downside.
In 2023, there have been various violent confrontations between medallion taxi drivers and folks working for ride-hailing apps.