|Leticia Rodriguez Lara — “Dona Lety” — and her gangsters have wrested control of narcotics sales in the tourist hotspot and nearby resort Playa del Carmen from rival cartel Los Zetas following a murderous turf war. The murder rates in Cancun have doubled in a year, with 113 people killed so far in 2018.|
Fourteen murders occurred in just 36 hours earlier this month.
|Last year, three foreigners were among 5 people gunned down at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen.||Battles have erupted between competing cartels over the valuable poppy-producing territories in the region. Local business owners are also being extorted by the drug cartels, who threaten and often met out violence to anyone who refuses to pay. Those involved in the tourism industry in particular have become targets, and tourists themselves are not immune to the violence.||Authorities appear powerless to stop the bloodshed.|