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Mexico Cares More for Illegals Than Poisoned Tourists

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Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017 09:36 AM Current | Bio | Archive

For years the rule of thumb passed down from generation to generation, advice on travel to Mexico, was "don’t drink the water." Some wags even claimed they followed the advice to the letter by only drinking booze during their visits to our southern next-door neighbor.

Times have changed; that advice is no longer current or complete. Today smart travelers won’t drink the alcohol either.

Thanks to an independent investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — an excellent example of investigative journalism relevant to readers — Americans now know that alcohol served in tourist hot spots in Mexico is often adulterated, illegal — and dangerous.

And these aren’t dives and back alley establishments. The investigation describes the corner-cutting tourist traps as, "upscale, all-inclusive resorts."

Reporters at the Journal Sentinel had been receiving reports of tourists who quickly fell unconscious and were subject to assault and or robbery after drinking at resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Among the many victims of these incidents were:

  • Abbey Conner, a 20­ year ­old Wisconsin woman, who drowned at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya amid suspicious circumstances while on vacation with her family in January of this year. 

  • Kathy Daley and her family were at the Iberostar Cancun in March of 2016. After she had a shot and drank half of a cocktail made for her at the swim­up bar, she remembers nothing.

A somnolent U.S. State Department was totally uninterested in investigating any reports from U.S. citizens until the Journal Sentinel connected the dots and the resulting story threatened to embarrass the striped-pants set. Now a warning for travelers from the U.S. has finally been issued.

Actually the situation is even worse, since the facts regarding tainted alcohol in Mexico have been known for years. The State Department couldn’t care less.

The Journal Sentinel found, "The Mexican government has long been aware of its problems with counterfeit and otherwise illicit alcohol. As much as 36 percent of the alcohol consumed in the country is illegal, according to a 2017 report by Euromonitor International."

After reporters started poking around, Mexican authorities got busy too. During a raid that hit 31 resorts, restaurants, and nightclubs in Cancun and Playa del Carmen a shocking 10,000 gallons of dangerous, illicit alcohol was seized.

The guilty establishments in Playa del Carmen include: the Hotel Iberostar Paraíso Lindo, Hotel Iberostar Grand Paraíso, La Chopería, Los forgotten, McCarthy's Coco Bongo, Mexico Loco, and Guy Fieri's.

In Cancun: Iberostar Hotel, Hooters, La Vaquita, Blue Gecko, Dady'O, Mr. Frogs, Crab House, Fred's House, Porfirio's Cancun, The Distillery, La Casa del Habano, and Carlos'n Charlie's.

Forewarned tourists are forearmed. But I would like to leave readers with one thought. Wouldn’t it be great if the government was as concerned about the welfare of U.S. citizens in Mexico as it evidently is in the welfare of Mexico’s citizens here illegally?

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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