Retired Brigadier General Mauro Enrique Tello Quiñones was violently tortured and killed over the weekend, the Washington Post reports. The decorated general had retired just one week prior to his assassination in Cancún, where he had moved after being hired by the resort city’s state government to help eradicate the very cartels that ordered his murder.
The 63-year-old Tello Quiñones was found in the cab of a pickup truck on the side of a highway leading out of town. Mexican authorities immediately swept into Cancún, making themselves highly visible and present in the time after the triple homicide (Cancún is still Mexico’s top tourist destination, an industry that generates $14 billion a year in revenue; it is also a key point in the Gulf Cartel’s operations).
Tello Quiñones is the latest victim in the cartel war with the government that has been plaguing Mexico for years. The state of Quintana Roo, where Cancún is located, and the mayor of the city, Greg Sánchez, had asked the general to come to Cancún to recruit, train and run an elite special forces group. Mayor Sanchez had hoped that the group would concentrate on penetrating and eradicating controlling the work of the cartels and hopefully put an end to the kidnappings and murders.
The level of corruption has penetrated the upper echelons of government and law enforcement in Cancún (the chief of the Cancún city police, Francisco Velasco Delgado, is reportedly one of the main suspects in Genral Tello Quiñones’s murder). The elite force Mayor Sánchez was trying to form was to operate separate from the police. With reports like these coming out everyday, it seems like the ongoing drug war in Mexico is not coming to an end anytime soon.