GOP Senator Asks Tillerson to Investigate Tainted Alcohol Incidents at Mexican Resorts

GOP Senator Asks Tillerson to Investigate Tainted Alcohol Incidents at Mexican Resorts

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is calling on the State Department to look into a series of unsolved incidents involving tainted alcoholic drinks at resorts in Mexico, including one in the tourist hotspot of Playa Del Carmen that left a 20-year-old woman dead.

Johnson sent Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a letter Wednesday asking the department to “do everything in its power to obtain information from the Mexican government” about the death of Abbey Conner, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student found floating face down in a hotel pool in January.

Abbey Conner died hours into a family vacation after drinking with her brother, Austin, at the pool bar of the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar. Austin, 22, survived but suffered a severe concussion and remembers nothing of the events leading up to his sister’s death.

According to an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Conners incident matched the experiences of more than 60 people who blacked out after drinking limited amounts of alcohol at Mexican resorts. Some of the tourists were sexually assaulted or robbed while passed out, and several people told the Journal-Sentinel that loved ones had drowned in mysterious circumstances similar to Abbey Conner’s.

In response to the spate of alcohol-related accidents, Mexican authorities raided 31 resorts, restaurants and nightclubs in Cancun and Playa del Carmen earlier in August. The KuKulka lobby bar at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya was one of two clubs suspended for serving “unlabeled” alcohol. Regulators also seized 10,000 gallons of illicit alcohol from a alcohol from the company that was providing booze to local hotspots.

Despite the discovery of potentially unsafe alcohol, Mexican officials have classified Abby Conner’s death and other incidents as “accidental.” Johnson says that was also the conclusion the Mexican embassy offered representatives in Washington when they meet with his staff earlier this month.

Johnson told Tillerson he was concerned about a “lack of transparency” on the part of hotel staff and Mexican authorities, and asked the State Department to turn over its communications with Mexican authorities about the case.

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  • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

    Why would any American go there and expect to be safe? What retard would look at Mexico and say “Gee let’s head on down there for vacation! The cartels? Nah nothing to worry about!” So it was worth that family losing their daughter and almost their son so they could sit around and get drunk at some dump of a resort in a nation where the toilets don’t work and you are guaranteed to get severe dysentery? What the hell is wrong with people? How did they all get so absolutely stupidly retarded?

    • v76

      Cuz its cheap…. this is how fucked the ultra consumer western mentality has become…. put a cheap ‘holiday’ over your own and your loved ones lives.

      • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

        Oh man don’t get me started on consumerism! I swear, all people do is brag about what they bought or own or are about to buy. People are so boring it makes me sick. They brag about these things and then expect me to be impressed and envious! That’s the most amusing part, how they react when I don’t react as expected. Like yay good for you, you own lots of stuff. So did I, but now I don’t because it’s a waste of my time and effort and psychic energy.

        But the best is when people brag about their vacations to turd world cesspools. No I don’t want to go somewhere that I can’t drink the water, where I can’t be armed and where I don’t know the language. The people that live there don’t even want to be there, half of them are dying to escape and you’re playing poverty tourist?? Good god what is broken in modern people’s brains? Lol I feel like I’m from another planet sometimes.