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Security & Strategic Review - September 2020

MEXICO: Romanian skimmers settle in the Riviera Maya

An investigative report by anti-corruption organisations has outlined how a Romanian criminal group arrived in the Riviera Maya tourist hot spot in Mexico’s Caribbean coast and appears to have settled there in the space of just a few years. According to the report the group has succeeded in quickly extending its influence, to the point that it now has a network of local government officials and judges under its control, allowing it to operate with impunity. The report serves as a clear warning to the Mexican authorities that unless they act against this criminal organisation now, it could become further entrenched in the area.

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