A 2015 report revealed that 43% of all alcohol consumed in Mexico is illegal

Tourists injuries from adulterated alcohol prompt more inspections of Mexican bars and restaurants

Due to increasing reports of tourists suffering from adulterated alcohol poisoning, as well as from hotels, bars and nightclubs watering down their products (or selling outdated alcoholic beverages), these establishments will undergo several revisions by the COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk, a regulatory body of the Mexican government).

A recent (January 2017) and internationally-publicized case is that of Abbey Conner, a 20-year-old woman from Wisconsin, who was found brain dead floating in a Playa del Carmen hotel pool next to her brother after they went out the night prior and had a couple of drinks with a group of men. Her family alleges that the alcohol must have been adulterated and that this is common in hotels from the zone.

A 2015 report from Mexico’s Tax Administration revealed that 43% of all alcohol consumed in the country is illegal, produced under unregulated procedures resulting in potentially hazardous mixtures.

According to a report [2017] by the COFEPRIS, Mexican health authorities have seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010. Such numbers are not only from small local establishments, but also from hotels and other entertainment areas.

The mixtures they make with this type of alcohol can worsen people’s health in minutes; both their safety and well-being are in danger. They can lose consciousness, harm themselves and even die; without even knowing what they did. This can be corroborated by interviews and hospital records of nearly a dozen travelers and relatives of people who have died or were injured in the resorts.

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2017 is the most violent year in the history of Ensenada

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Vigia.

Historically in this municipality, so far in 2017 there have been 101 murders, which represents an increase of 238 percent when compared to the most violent year in the past decade. Official statistics indicate that in 2008 there were 73 murders in Ensenada, in 2016 there were 68, 2012, 63; 2007, 61; 2013, 56; 2006, 54; 2011, 54; 2014, 50; 2015, 48; 2004, 47; 2005, 41; and 2010, 41.


Governor of Baja California Sur vetos new law to allow right of self defense

Translated by Fulano from an article in Colectivo Pericú.

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“The Government of Baja California Sur reaffirms it commitment to the absolute respect for the law and the rule of law, which are indispensable for a just, equitable and democratic society,” said the chief of the Office of the Executive, Carlos Amed Rochín Álvarez, after revealing the veto of the state government of the reforms to the penal code regarding the use of legitimate self defense.

The official said that faced with the consequences which could be generated, Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis presented his observations to the State Congress, supported by his constitutional right to veto laws or degrees made by Congress, which occur in the last stages of the legislative process.


Speeding things up with a bribe

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

In 2016, public sector agencies collected 1.6 billion pesos (US$90 million) in bribes from the business sector.

MEXICO CITY, July 4, 2017 – According the National Survey of Regulatory Quality and Governmental Impact on Business, carried out by INEGI, on average every business in Mexico spends 12,243 pesos (US$680) in bribes.

82.2% of the companies, out of the 34,681 surveyed, said acts of corruption by public servants are frequent, above all for the speeding up of processes, avoiding fines and to obtain licenses and permits.

This is the first time that INEGI carried out a survey of this type. The exercise was done from October 31 to December 15, 2016.

Businesses surveyed belonged to the mining, manufacturing, construction, electricity, services, transports, commerce and communications.

Up to 10% of the GNP

Previously, other measures on the cost of corruption have been released, for example, the Center of Studies of Private Sector Economics, has said corruption constitutes up to 10% of the Gross National Product.

The INEGI survey determined that 561 or every 10,000 businesses which applied for government processes last year experienced at least one act of corruption.

Based upon business size, the large ones face the greatest measure of these kinds of practices, as the rate goes up to 1,317 for each 10,000 large businesses.