A group of cartel gunmen in Cancun kidnapped, tortured, and beheaded a top state law enforcement commander. The case apparently uncovered a wave of corruption where officials allegedly favor certain criminal organizations over others.
On Sunday, authorities discovered the decapitated body of Jose Antonio Archi Yama, the commander of the Quintana Roo State Police, Noticaribe reported. A group of gunmen from Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) allegedly kidnapped Archi Yama on Thursday, setting off a manhunt as authorities first tried to cover up the case but were eventually forced to confirm the kidnapping and murder.
In a video disseminated through social media, Archi Yama can be seen in police uniform with a rifle as he is apparently forced to claim he had direct orders to fight the CJNG and allow a smaller organization called “Los Rojos” to take over the region. Archi Yama claimed his orders came from Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, the state’s top law enforcement official Albert Capella, and another man named Commander Aquiles.
Just hours after authorities recovered Archi Yama’s body, Governor Joaquin Gonzalez took to social media to express outrage and claim he would continue fighting organized crime head-on. Gonzales also said his predecessors did, in fact, collude with criminal organizations.
Riviera Maya is seeing a sharp escalation in violence. Rival cartels continue to fight for control of human and drug trafficking routes, in addition to the local underground sex trade. In previous executions, cartels called out Alberto Capella for allegedly favoring certain organizations.
LAST GOODBYE TO EXECUTED POLICE: VEIL REMAINS OF CHETUMAL COMMANDER ARCHI YAMA
CHETUMAL, QUINTANA ROO.- From 9:00 on Sunday night and throughout the early hours of Monday, relatives, and friends of the late commander José Antonio Archi Yama gathered at the Gamero Funeral Home in this city to watch over the mortal remains who will serve as Inspector of the State Police of Quintana Roo.
The Inspector’s body was placed in a wooden coffin and carried by elements of the State Police, who for security reasons arrived armed and covered their faces with balaclavas; in addition different sectors of society were present, because for his years of service Archi Yama was well known in the troop.
Family members reported that the mass of the present body will be held in the Hall of the Funeral Home Camero at 9:00 am on Monday morning; later the body will be transferred to the facilities of the State Preventive Police at the exit of Chetumal, where the last list and honors pass will be made.
They did not forget to thank the Quintana Roo society for all the support they received since the disappearance of the Inspector last Thursday.
The Mazatlan Post