Headlines splashed across the world over the weekend about the latest shooting at a Mexican beach resort. But peel back the onion and you’ll find that the victims were buying drugs. That does not justify the death of two Canadians, but it does help put the story into context.
Mexico Too Dangerous? Say No To Drugs…
Mexican drug cartels exist in large part because many Americans and Canadians love illicit drugs. You need a buyer to have a seller and if I can grossly simplify the matter, it is this: cartels seem to be thriving in Mexico because they have customers for their product.
While much of the business is shipping drugs north, there’s also a nice side hustle at posh all-inclusive resorts in places like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, or in this case, Playa del Carmen. Travelers come to Mexico not only for the beautiful beaches and all-you-can-drink tequila, but to get drugs…it is apparently much easier than up north.
I’m not really interested in researching if there is a Postmates for drugs in Mexico, but cartels fight over turf, specifically over which resorts they can sell drugs to guests at it.
And then, like in this case, there are drug buys that go wrong. We don’t have all the details here, but we knew that three Canadians were buying drugs at Hotel Xcaret, something went wrong, two of them were shot and died on the scene, and one was seriously injured. The gunman is at large.
Este es el huésped que disparó ocasionando las lesiones que posteriormente provocaran la muerte a uno de ellos, las autoridades del grupo de coordinacion despliegan fuerte operativo para su captura, cualquier información para pronta detención estaremos profundamente agradecidos. pic.twitter.com/PRDC0hhBBe
— Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez (@Lucio_HG) January 21, 2022
Solution? Don’t buy drugs in Mexico. It’s a dangerous game. Just stick to chilaquiles.
And really, this probably isn’t even about buying drugs for recreational use. The Canadians who were killed had criminal records, including for using fake IDs and drug trafficking. It seems more likely they were buying larger quantities with the intent to distribute.
That’s not to say that unsuspecting tourists are 100% safe. Last year, a German and Indian tourists were caught in a crossfire in Tulum and died. But that’s called life. And you face that risk in Chicago or Los Angeles too if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Mexico depends heavily on tourism and will send in more troops to make resorts safer. But the best way to protect yourself is simply not to do business with the cartels…
There is no justification for the death of two Canadians at a Mexican resort last week. But we can understand why it occurred and it helps us to put this incident into context. Mexico is not particularly unsafe if you stay in your resort or in tourists areas. But it does become more dangerous when you try to buy drugs. That should not come as a surprise…
image: Hotel Xcaret