A command intercepted and riddled Obed Durón Gómez, mayor of Mahahual, Quintana Roo


The week started with a new blow of violence to Mexican politics. This Monday the mayor of Mahahual, Quintana Roo, Obed Durón Gómez was assassinated.

The attack on the mayor took place while on his way to the Xcalak community. According to reports, Durón Gómez was traveling in a white truck in the company of other people, when subjects aboard a white City Honda-type vehicle intercepted and shot them.

The attackers fled towards the federal highway, while the official was transferred to a private clinic where he died before undergoing surgery.

At the scene, experts from the prosecutor’s office lifted 20 .223 and .9 mm caliber casings, and the car that the alleged assassins had used was found near there.

The Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office reported that it is already investigating the motive for the murder. “The FGE reports that it has already started the investigation folder related to the events in which a person of the male sex and authority from Mahahual lost his life apparently by shooting with a firearm. An operation is deployed in search of individuals ”, he detailed.

It transpired that Obed Durón had received threats from criminal groups who are dedicated to collecting drugs on the coasts, after the mayor closed access to Mahahual due to the coronavirus crisis.

One of the main lines of investigation is oriented to a possible revenge, because last week five people were handed over to the authorities for committing criminal activities.

Obed Durón Gómez, who was being investigated by the Othón P. Blanco municipal comptroller, where the inhabitants reported an irregular performance of their functions, went from chief of police to mayor of Mahahual, in 2019. He was related to criminal groups in the community from Xcalak, one of the most remote and paradisiacal of the southern border of Mexico.

In Xcalak, the inhabitants dedicate themselves to “beaching”, as the function of searching for cocaine bricks thrown into the Caribbean by drug trafficking planes is known.

The community located in the extreme south of Quintana Roo, is a spectacular town of palm trees, turquoise waters of lighthouses and a lagoon. Its beaches are the final destination for anything of value that falls in the Atlantic, mainly the coca thrown by the Colombian planes.

This method consists of launching the drug on land so that boats come to the place; however, they do not always have time to collect all the cargo, and the packages are lost and the packages may appear floating in the sea, stuck on the shore or tangled in the mangrove swamp. Wet cocaine (out of the sea) sells for $ 5.00 a bag the size of a fingernail.

In the Xcalak community, the drug that leaves is sent to Chetumal and from there it travels north or to Cancun, where it controls Sinaloa, Gulf and Jalisco Nueva Generación cartels.