Cancun Sees 14 Murders in 36 Hours

A couple walks past markers placed where bullet casings were found by investigators near the state prosecutors’ office after gunmen opened fire on the building in Cancun, Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. A witness said the gunmen tossed two explosive devices at a perimeter wall, and a reporter at the scene saw police remove a body from a guard post near the building after the attack. (AP Photo)

Mexico’s most popular holiday hotspot has become overrun with drug gangs, as violence in the tourist party town escalates to unprecedented levels.

Cancun has seen 14 murders in just 36 hours — the highest ever in the country’s recorded history, according to Noticaribe.

The latest violence on April 4 saw 14 people killed and at least five others left with gunshot wounds, in six separate instances in the party town.

The figures surpass Cancun’s previous record of nine killings in a day, which was set on Nov. 25, 2004.

More than 100 people have been slaughtered in Cancun since the beginning of 2018, as Mexico’s cartels continue to spread fear through the country.

The Mexican tourist hotspot’s growing crime wave threatens to leave it a ghost town, with most murders in Cancun remaining unsolved.

Amid a thriving drug trade and widespread extortion, fear is rampant and threatens to have a spillover effect on the country’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry.

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SOURCE: The Sun, Sofia Petkar