Mexican police crack down on cartel-linked Halloween costumes

  • At least 28 people were arrested for Halloween-related offenses in the Mexican state capital of Sinaloa over Halloween weekend.
  • Some people have been arrested for fake guns that they carried in their costumes.
  • Culiacán has been the victim of high-profile cartel violence, including a shooting last year after the capture of one of “El Chapo” Guzmán’s sons.

There are limits to what you can wear for a Halloween costume in Sinaloa: don’t dress up as a sicario.

At least 28 people were arrested and eight vehicles were seized over Halloween-related offenses in Culiacán, the capital, over the weekend.

State Police arrested two people for carrying fake weapons to complement their Halloween costumes, while at least some of the vehicles were seized and their drivers detained because they were painted to appear covered in blood . A car splashed with red paint had a fake corpse on its roof.

Many more have been arrested for drinking alcohol in public places during Halloween celebrations, the Sinaloa Security Ministry (SSP) said. The army, the National Guard and the municipal police also participated in an operation against anti-social behavior in the capital of Sinaloa.

The SSP posted photos of two of the detainees on Twitter. One showed a man dressed in black carrying a fake assault weapon and wearing a mask used by one of the fictional characters in the “Friday the 13th” film series.

“This Saturday in Culiacán, this civilian was referred to the competent authority for having transported this type of object,” said the SSP, adding that any other person in possession of toy weapons will suffer the same fate.

Another photo released on Sunday showed a young man in a “Squid Game” costume standing in front of a fake gun.

The SSP said he was detained in Culiacán for advocating violence and using a toy gun. “Let’s avoid using these artifacts which can generate fear among the public,” he said.

Sinaloa’s Security Minister Cristóbal Castañeda said in a post on his own Twitter account on Saturday that there would be no tolerance for the use of fake weapons during Halloween celebrations.

In another article which included two images of a white car painted with red streaks of “blood”, Castañeda stressed that “this kind of situation which worries the public will not be allowed”.

The citizens of Culiacán, a stronghold of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, have also been terrorized by outright violence. After the arrest of one of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s sons in 2019, the Sinaloa cartel carried out a wave of attacks throughout the city that prompted federal authorities to release the suspected trafficker.

More recently, a group of armed men fired at more than 80 security cameras with automatic machine guns, causing panic in several areas of the city.

With reports from El Universal and Informador.

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