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Playa del Carmen Security Threat: US Says Avoid Mexican Resort

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People on a beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Feb. 1, 2014. (Noamfein/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 08 March 2018 04:56 PM

Playa del Carmen is considered a security threat to U.S. citizens, with U.S. officials issuing a travel alert after undetonated explosive devices were found on a ferry that operates between the Mexican resort town and Cozumel a week after a ferry explosion in late February.

The ferries are owned by the same company, Business Insider reported. Government employees are now prohibited from riding any tourist ferries in the area, and state and federal prosecutors are investigating the incidents.

More than 20 people including some U.S. citizens were injured in the explosion, but no perpetrator has yet been found, BI reported. The explosives found on the second ferry were found by a diver cleaning the ship's hull, and the boat had reportedly been out of operation for 10 months.

The state's Tourism Department said that the incidents may be related to the internal affairs of the ferry company that owned both boats, Barcos Caribe, which is owned by the father of government official Roberto Borge, who was extradited from Panama in January on charges of embezzlement and abuse of public office, BI reported.

The U.S. State Department had put Mexico on a "Level 2: Exercise increased caution" alert status earlier this year because of increased crime rates, USA Today reported. Because of this alert, U.S. government employees cannot travel between cities after dark in much of the country.

Last summer, vacationers were warned to be careful drinking alcohol in Mexico after a U.S. traveler died at a resort near Playa del Carmen after drinking and other tourists said they had blacked out after drinking, USA Today reported.

Tourist areas without warnings included Mexico City, Cancun and Los Cabos, USA Today reported.

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U.S. officials issued a travel alert for Playa del Carmen after more explosive devices were found following an explosion on a ferry docked in the Mexican resort town in late February.
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