Mexico is at its “most dangerous” with cartels “running riot” and fun-loving spring breakers should reconsider their plans, a former detective has said.
The warning comes just weeks after four US citizens were kidnapped in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, leaving two of them dead.
Former detective at the New York Police Department Michael Alcazar had since warned that it is better to steer clear while the crime rate remains high.
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The rate of murders in Mexico was around three times higher in 2021 than it was in 2006.
Alcazar told The Sun: “Right now, it seems the most dangerous time [ever] to travel to Mexico.
“The Mexican Government doesn’t have any control over what’s happening with the cartels. The cartels seem to be running riot.”
He urged people to choose other options, including heading down to Florida, rather than taking a risk and visiting Mexico.
“It’s not worth getting hurt, or killed, or kidnapped for a couple [of] weeks break from college,” he said.
He claimed that despite insistence from the Mexican government that everything was fine, the danger still remains.
“The cartels are very violent and more overt. They’re very violent and they want their violence to be feared.”
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He even said that for people who are planning on visiting, if you can you should try and get a refund.
“They should be super cautious if they feel safe to travel.
“Americans should travel in groups – either with family or friends.”
He added: “Cartels look for people that have money. They are hunting – that’s what they do.
“Americans are a commodity for cartels to make money.”
Warnings about the dangers facing people who visit Mexico have been common with officials formally warning people to steer clear for now.
Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw said: “Based on the volatile nature of cartel activity and the violence we are seeing there, we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.”
The US State Department has listed the Mexican states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas as areas with high crime rates and the threat of abduction.
The four victims in the recent kidnapping have since been identified as Latavia "Tay" McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Eric James Williams, and Zindell Brown.
Brown and Woodward lost their lives in the incident.
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