The RCMP have confirmed that a criminal investigation is now underway into bribery allegations against Blackfire Exploration Ltd., a Calgary mining company. In March 2010, a coalition of non-governmental organizations forwarded documents to police that appear to show 14 payments to the mayor of Chicomuselo, Julio Cesar Velazquez Calderon, and a letter from the company to the congress of the state of Chiapas in which the company asks for the mayor to be removed from power.