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Los Cabos Tourist Bars And Nightclubs Under Investigation

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The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) is formally investigating several bars and nightclubs in Los Cabos related to multiple claims that illegal substances are being sold in the venues in the municipality of Los Cabos.

According to reports, two of the establishments recently were closed due to irregularities in the operations of their businesses in accordance with the licenses provided for those venues.

Claims of Illegal Substances in Los Cabos Bars

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Multiple complaints have been filed with the Attorney General’s Office alleging that illicit substances are being sold in the nightclubs and bars in the municipal area of Los Cabos.

This has led to the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO), the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (SEMAR) and the State Preventive Police all taking investigation operations against the nightclubs and bars in Los Cabos identified in the complaint.

They were specifically seeking to identify the bars and nightclubs allegedly participating in the marketing of illegal drugs.

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As a result of the operations, the authorities closed two of the establishments on the grounds of irregularities in their operations.

The reporting of the closure of the nightclubs in the media does not expressly say that the closures were due to the marketing and distribution of illegal drugs at the closed establishments.

Los Cabos Tourist Zone Connected to Cases

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Reports claim that many of the prior complaints related to the marketing and distribution of illegal drugs in Los Cabos have been originated by tourists visiting the beach resort destination on a vacation getaway.

Visitors to Los Cabos made several of the complaints to local law enforcement because they were harassed when passing through the tourist “golden zone” full of bars and nightclubs and were approached by people marketing and distributing the illegal substances.

The Federal Public Ministry has opened an official investigation and started collecting test data in response to the alleged complaints received from tourists and locals at the Consumer Defense Office.

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Los Cabos Leads Drug Dealing Cases Statewide

According to the National Public Security System (SESNSP), crime statistics data for the State of Baja California Sur, Los Cabos has the highest number of drug dealing cases under investigation in the region.

There are currently a total of 138 cases currently being investigated by local and state law enforcement authorities involving Los Cabos.

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In Baja California Sur, only 217 total cases were opened for investigation during the first quarter of this year.

That means that the municipality of Los Cabos accounts for more than 63 percent of all drug dealing cases under investigation in the entire state of Baja California Sur so far this year.

What Travelers Need to Know

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The number of cases opened in the municipality of Los Cabos involving drug marketing and distribution crimes is actually nothing really new in the region.

Los Cabos has traditionally had high levels of drug dealing related to the number of tourists visiting the region.

What is new is that many of the alleged crimes related to drug marketing and distribution have been allegedly connected to licensed nightclubs and bars in the tourist zone of the beach resort destination.

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While the two establishments identified were closed for irregularities in operations, according to the reports in the media, many tourists will speculate that they were somehow connected to the marketing and distribution of illegal substances.

However, local authorities were short to officially file charges against the two venues related to drug dealing and distribution in the beach resort destination.

While cannabis may be legalized in several states across the United States for medicinal or even recreational use, it is important for tourists to know that it is not the current law in Baja California Sur or Mexico.

Therefore, travelers should be reminded that when visiting Mexico, they are subject to the laws of Mexico and not those back home.

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