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State Department orders travel advisory for Mexico after 8 bodies found in Cancun

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State Department orders travel advisory for Mexico after 8 bodies found in Cancun


Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version incorrectly identified the area of Mexico the travel advisory was issued.

The State Department issued a travel advisory Wednesday warning American citizens headed to Mexico to use caution in several states.

The advisory comes the same week eight bodies were discovered in Cancun, a tourist hub, but the travel warning does not refer to the Quintana Roo/Cancun area.

Mexican prosecutors say they have found a total of eight dead people on Cancun with two bodies dumped in two spots and four others individually found shot to death. None of the killings occurred in the city’s beachside hotel zone.

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"Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread," the travel advisory notes, referring to activity in the Mexican states Colima, Guerreo, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas and warning Americans to stay away.

The department also advised travelers to use toll roads, avoid driving at night, use caution when taking money out of banks or ATMs and be alert at local bars, nightclubs and casinos. It also advised not to display signs of wealth.

The U.S. government has limited ability to intervene in emergencies that citizens may face in Mexico, and government employees cannot travel to certain areas, the State Department said. That restriction does not include Quintana Roo state, where Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen are located.

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"The State Department travel advisory for Mexico does not include any tourist or beach areas and reaffirms that all major tourist destinations in Mexico are safe," a spokesperson for the Quintana Roo Tourism Board said in a statement.

A previous State Department security alert issued March 2, 2017, for Playa del Carmen was lifted about two weeks later.

The State Department warning amplifies recent alarms about travel to Mexico. An investigation from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, found that more than 170 travelers have become sick, seriously injured — and in some cases have died — after drinking small and moderate amounts of alcohol at all-inclusive resorts throughout the country.

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Travelers reported being sexually assaulted, beaten, robbed, taken to jail and mistreated at local hospitals. The Journal Sentinel investigation exposed how travelers encounter indifferent — at times hostile — resort workers, police and hospital staff.

While the State Department, Democratic and Republican members of Congress, travel websites and Mexican authorities vow they are making changes and doing what they can to ensure the safety of travelers, their slow, bureaucratic efforts have yet to prevent the harms, the Journal Sentinelfound. Reporters received information from tourists who had traveled as recently as July.

On Tuesday, the bodies of a man and a woman were found stuffed in the trunk of a taxi early Tuesday in the Paseos del Mar neighborhood of Cancun, local newspaper Riviera Maya News reported. The bodies have not yet been identified.

► Feb. 23: Mexico police shut down second black market tequila still
► Feb. 21: 'There is more to this deeper, darker story than we know'

Authorities discovered dismembered bodies of two men in multiple plastic bags at another location later that day.Another man was discovered bound and fatally shot. The prosecutors’ office for the state of Quintana Roo said another man was killed while lying in a hammock while another was found shot and covered in a plastic bag.

Authorities found the eighth victim decapitated in the neighborhood of Tres Reyes, more than a dozen miles from the hotels, according to Newsweek, citing local reports.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Lilly Price on Twitter: @lillianmprice


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Because it's less socialist than Canada?

Mexico, the New Wild West!
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Murder rate is much higher in Baltimore, Detroit or DC.
But Mexico is a part of the new axis of evil, you know. Iran, Mexico, Venezuela...
Sure it's a shit hole, but smells like the State Department is creating another bogeyman to keep the people afraid and manipulable.
 

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Murder rate is much higher in Baltimore, Detroit or DC.
But Mexico is a part of the new axis of evil, you know. Iran, Mexico, Venezuela...
Sure it's a shit hole, but smells like the State Department is creating another bogeyman to keep the people afraid and manipulable.
Got to agree with you on this one.

It appears that part of the "tariff negotiations" are including some negative publicity in order to prevent Americans from traveling to Mexico.

Additional pressure to comply.
 

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Because it's less socialist than Canada?

Mexico, the New Wild West!
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But tourist are not allowed to defend themselves :tex: :hunt::fire: cry:
 

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Murder rate is much higher in Baltimore, Detroit or DC.
I have no reason to go to any of those places either. Except maybe to DC but I'd only go when ROLLING THUNDER is there too.
 

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I understand it's bootlegged liquor - i.e., bathtub gin....


Not the 1st time


More than three dozen die in bootleg liquor poisoning
February 09, 2019 13:25


Tainted alcohol in Mexico: What you need to know
Lydia Birt, The Republic | azcentral.com
Published 12:55 p.m. MT July 30, 2017

A Pewaukee family traveled to an all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen in January. Their two college kids wound up unconscious, face down in the pool within two hours. Twenty-year-old Abbey died. Wochit


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel compiled some of the reports of tainted alcohol at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico based on travelers who reached out to the newspaper. (Photo: Journal Sentinel/ Special to The Republic)

What is Mexico doing about it?
A 2015 report from Mexico’s Tax Administration Service found that 43 percent of the alcohol consumed in the nation is illegally produced, under unregulated circumstances. That can result in potentially dangerous concoctions.
The national health authority in Mexico has seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010 — not just from small local establishments, but from hotels and other entertainment areas, according to a 2017 report by the country's Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks.


Warning issued about tainted alcohol for Americans traveling to Mexico
Alert issued about potentially tainted alcohol at resort hotels

In a 2015 report, Mexico's Tax Administration service found 43-percent of alcohol consumed was illegal and produced under unregulated circumstances, resulting in dangerous concoctions. The department says this bootleg liquor could be infused with grain alcohol or dangerous concentrations of methanol.