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Authorities Believe Bootleg Alcohol May Be Responsible For The Deaths Of 7 American Tourists

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Authorities Believe Bootleg Alcohol May Be Responsible For The Deaths Of 7 American Tourists

Authorities Believe Bootleg Alcohol May Be Responsible For The Deaths Of 7 American Tourists

U.S. law enforcement have expanded their investigation to the Dominican Republic after seven Americans mysteriously died while vacationing there. According to The New York Post, cops are now looking into whether the tourists were actually poisoned by counterfeit booze!

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Officials are eyeing into who supplied the alcohol to the victims in the hours before their deaths and they also want to test the drinks to see if they contain dangerous chemicals. One source told the Post that the FBI will even be taking blood samples from the dead back to its Virginia research center for testing. 

Now, the Dominican government has insisted the fatalities are isolated incidents. However, most of the deaths have similarities as they involve apparently healthy adults who drank from their hotel room minibar before suddenly becoming gravely sick, the Post notes. Reps from both of the resorts where victims have died: The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Bahia Principe have described the deaths as simple accidents.

On top of the tourists who unfortunately died, other have reported falling ill, but surviving, after drinking from their minibars. Lawrence Kobilinsky, a forensic science professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, spoke with the New York post and said the symptoms of many of the dead and sick, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are consistent with poisoning from methanol or pesticides.

“There should be no methanol at all (in the liquor). If it’s there, it means it’s been adulterated or put there deliberately.”

We will continue to keep you updated on all the details when more have been shared.

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