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Authorities eyeing bootleg liquor as potential cause of DR tourist deaths


Added 06-13-19 10:18:02pm EST - “Cops are investigating whether at least seven tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic were poisoned by counterfeit booze, The Post has learned. Officials want to know who supplied ?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Authorities eyeing bootleg liquor as potential cause of DR tourist deaths”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Cops are investigating whether at least seven tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic were poisoned by counterfeit booze, The Post has learned.

Officials want to know who supplied the alcoholic beverages the victims drank in the minutes and hours before their deaths over the past year — and if the drinks had any dangerous chemicals in them, law-enforcement sources said.

The FBI is assisting and will take blood samples from the dead back to its research center in Quantico, Va., a source said.

The Dominican government insists the fatalities are isolated incidents, while reps for both of the resorts where victims have died — the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Bahia Principe — described the deaths as simple accidents.

But most of the deaths bear similarities, as they involve apparently healthy adults — at least some of whom drank from their hotel-room minibar before suddenly becoming gravely sick.

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