Two gunmen killed an Argentinian who ran a popular club in Playa del Carmen, in Mexico’s Riviera Maya resort, local authorities said Wednesday.
Federico Mazzoni, the manager of the Mamita beach club, popular with foreign tourists, was shot twice in the head on Tuesday afternoon, confirmed Oscar Montes de Oca, public prosecutor in Quintana Roo, where the resort is located. seaside.
“There are two guys, apparently from a local criminal structure, who enter [the club]talk to the director, who is now the victim, take him to the toilet and there they kill him,” he said in an interview with Milenio TV.
Montes de Oca said “the strongest investigative lead” is that the crime was related to the sale of drugs.
The attackers fled on a jet ski, according to footage captured by security cameras.
The crime happened when the club had few customers and was about to close, according to the prosecutor.
For its part, the Mamita group published a press release in which it is content to express its regrets for the incident.
Meanwhile, the United States Embassy issued a security alert on Tuesday evening to its citizens visiting the Mexican Caribbean, given the violence in the Riviera Maya.
“In light of recent security incidents and criminal activity in popular tourist destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise extra caution when traveling,” the embassy said.
Montes de Oca acknowledged that there are security issues related to drug sales and extortion of businesses by organized crime.
On Friday the 21st, two Canadians were killed and another injured in a shooting at a resort near Cancún.
Investigations indicate that the victims were linked to organized crime and that the attack was a settling of scores.
The prosecutor ruled out links between the Argentinian murder and that of the Canadians.
In November, two suspected drug traffickers were killed after a shooting on the beach of an exclusive hotel on the outskirts of Cancún.
In October, another shootout between suspected traffickers left two tourists, a German and an Indian, dead in Tulum.
The Mexican Caribbean is one of the world’s top beach destinations and the country’s tourism flagship, accounting for 8.5% of GDP.