Earlier this month, 10K gallons of illicit alcohol were seized by authorities from 31 resorts, nightclubs and restaurants at vacation hot spots in Mexico.
According to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the raid resulted in the suspension of two business operations “for unsanitary alcohol and in the process discovered a sketchy manufacturer” that was supplying bad booze to tourist destinations in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
Previous to the discovery of the dangerous substance, the death of a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman was linked to one of the bars that was shut down due to the “low-quality-alcohol” crackdown in Playa del Carmen. Abbey Conner was on vacation with her family in Iberostar Paraiso Maya when she was found drowned in a pool alongside her brother Austin Conner, who later “awoke with a concussion and gash on his forehead, and no memory of what happened.” His sister was declared brain dead after being flown back to Florida, reported a Time article.
There have been numerous reports by vacationers that can be traced back to some “all-inclusive” resorts in Mexico who told the Journal Sentinel “they had blacked out and been assaulted at the resort after drinking at the beach and pool bars.”
The U.S. State Department issued a Mexico Travel Warning this week for reasons beyond fake booze. In any case, beware of expired or tainted alcohol that may be served to patrons from unlabeled bottles when traveling to any of these destinations.