MEXICO CITY – A suspected Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion member was arrested over the weekend in connection with the attack on the prosecutor’s office in the resort city of Cancun earlier this year that left four people dead, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said.
Authorities “arrested Joshua ‘N,’ who was presumably one of the main people behind the violence in Quintana Roo” state, the AG’s office said in a statement.
Media reports identified the suspected drug cartel member as Joshua Loyo.
“He belongs to a criminal organization that has its principal center of operations in the western state of Jalisco,” the AG’s office said.
The suspect was arrested during an operation to conduct searches at five houses, where investigators seized firearms and drugs.
The suspected Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion member allegedly “killed rival gang members and staged the attack on the prosecutor’s office last January,” the AG’s office said.
On Jan. 17, gunmen attacked the Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office in Cancun, killing four people.
The attack came days after five people died in a shootout at a club in Playa del Carmen.
Officials in Cancun have blamed the violence on a drug trafficker identified as Leticia Rodriguez, who allegedly controls drug sales in the area.
Quintana Roo, home to several popular tourist destinations, has been plagued by a spike in the crime rate and violence in recent months due to an apparent turf war pitting the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion against the Zetas cartel and other criminal organizations.