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Dozens of families accuse all-inclusive Mexican resorts of drugging tourists

July 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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Fear over tainted alcohol at Mexican resorts is mounting following the death of a Wisconsin woman, who fatally drowned after she drank shots while on vacation in Playa del Carmen.

Almost a dozen families are fighting to understand how a loved one died or was injured after drinking alcohol while on vacation in Mexico, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Tourists at various upscale Mexican resorts in and near Cancun and Playa del Carmen indicated they believe they were drugged or were given bootleg alcohol after small amounts of alcohol caused them to become unconscious.

Abbey Conner, a college student, was on vacation with her family when she was discovered face down in a pool at the Iberostar Hotel & Resorts’ Paraiso del Mar.

She drank around five shots of tequila to celebrate the end of finals, her brother Austin, who was also close to death, told the Journal Sentinel.

Abbey Connor was found face first in a swimming pool at a Mexican resort

The young woman was brain dead and was taken off life support.

A lawyer hired by Conner’s family went the resort and discovered that “they serve alcoholic drinks with alcohol of bad quality and mixing different types of drinks.”

Victims of this have been both young and old, male and female, and reported consuming various types of alcohol, including tequila, rum, and beer.

Some indicated they had one or two drinks before they lost consciousness and woke up hours later with no memory of what happened.

In each incident, they said their reactions were unlike any they had ever had to alcohol and referred the events as “terrifying.”

Iberostar denied serving tainted alcohol to its patrons.

“We work with a host of providers not unique to IBEROSTAR who service other chains and renowned brands,” the resort said in a statement. “We only purchase sealed bottles that satisfy all standards required by the designated authorities.”

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However, the pattern of alcohol-related injuries and deaths suggests that it is contaminated.

Maureen Webster’s 22-year-old son, Nolan, was also killed by drowning in the pool at a resort in Mexico.

She revealed that Mexican authorities and the resort denied any wrongdoing in his death.

Witnesses stated that Nolan was not drunk at the Grand Oasis pool in Cancun when he drowned. A nurse signed a statement saying hotel employees prohibited her from performing CPR on the man, who was still breathing.

Webster reached a settlement with the resort.

“There’s no accountability, even if it’s over-serving, they promote this risky behavior but have no means to handle it when it occurs. It’s just so mind boggling that something like this could occur, and it’s just like — ‘Oh, well,” says Karen Smith, whose son, Brian Manucci, drowned in the same pool as Nolan Webster.

Other families’ accounts are very similar to the Conners’ and Websters’.

Kathy Daley, 53, lost consciousness after she drank one shot of tequila, and Nancy Mahowald Nelson, 57, said she woke up in bloody sheets after having only two drinks.

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