Reports have surfaced regarding the little-known danger of guests being poisoned — some even killed — by tainted alcohol in multiple all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.
According to the accounts of travelers — backed up by hospital, ambulance and hotel records — the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently discovered that dozens of vacationers visiting resorts near Cancun and Playa del Carmen “may have been given tainted alcohol or possibly drugged, in order to mug, sexually assault or extort them.”
In one case, two teenage brothers “woke up covered in mud with their wallets and cellphones missing and no recollection of what happened. Another woman said she was sexually assaulted and her husband woke up with a broken hand.”
The newspaper cited at least three recent cases of travelers who were over-charged by the local hospitals that treated them. Some of the victims said they only had one or two drinks before they lost consciousness and woke up “with no recollection of how they got back to their rooms or to the hospital, or how they were injured.”
One victim, Kathy Daley, said she only had one shot and half of a cocktail before she passed out. She woke up in a hospital with no recollection of how she even got there.
One theory being floated is that the resorts are using illegally-produced alcohol or unregulated booze in an effort to save money.
Despite these cases, the U.S. consulate in Mexico says it will not be releasing any new travel warnings for American tourists. The consulate told KHOU 11 News on Friday evening that there is not “sufficient information to make a determination at this time if a pattern exists.”
According to a consul official at Mexico’s regional Merida office, they have received reports from tourists who claimed strange, and sometimes dangerous events that happened after they drank alcohol at certain all-inclusive resorts at destinations including Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and others on the Yucatan.
One couple who just returned from Mexico said that they’d been drinking earlier in the day, then went to have dinner and felt fine. Hours after their meal, which included alcoholic drinks, the man said his wife began to act strange.
“She turned into a zombie,” he said. “I’ve never seen her like that. I’ve never seen anything like that.” She recovered and was fine the next day, but the experience scared them both.
A Houston couple, Thomas and Erin Perry, returned from an all-inclusive Cancun resort on Friday and reported that they drank cocktails throughout their vacation and never noticed anything strange.
“It was all, from what we could tell, it was what it should be,” said Thomas. “We had heard about the things that were happening… We were cautious of what we drank, which you should be anyhow because you’re out of the country.”
A 2015 report from Mexico’s Tax Administration Service revealed that 43 percent of all the alcohol consumed in the country is illegal, produced under unregulated circumstances resulting in potentially dangerous concoctions.
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