Mexico raids 31 hot spots, 10,000 gallons of illegal alcohol seized

- Mexican regulators raided 31 hot spots in Cancun and Playa del Carmen this past weekend as part of a widening effort to crack down on illegal alcohol -- a black market that came into the national spotlight after a Wisconsin woman's alcohol-linked death at a posh Mexican resort.

At least two locations were temporarily shut down after the raids, including the popular Fat Tuesday bar in Cancun, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Police also seized 10,000 gallons of tainted alcohol from a manufacturing company that supplies booze to popular restaurants, nightclubs and resorts in the region, authorities said.

The tourist meccas, popular with college students, have come under increasing scrutiny over tainted -- and potentially fatal -- alcohol after 20-year-old Abbey Conner mysteriously died in January during a family vacation at an upscale Playa del Carmen resort. Conner’s family believe she drowned in shallow water after drinking bootleg alcohol that may have caused her to unexpectedly black out.

The lobby bar at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya, the hotel where Conner died, was temporarily shut down as part of the recent crackdown.

Conner’s mother told the Journal Sentinel she was glad to hear about the raids.

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