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Jun 14 - Bootleg liquor eyed as cause of Dominican Republic tourist deaths
 

 
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 a*sisting 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.


Five American tourists have died in mysterious circumstances on the island this year, while the family of two others who died in 2018 say they now suspect their loved ones met foul play.

Others have reported falling ill, but surviving, after drinking from their minibars.

A Post reporter at one of the resorts noted the vodka in the room had a strange, potent smell resembling pure alcohol.

Lawrence Kobilinsky, a forensic science professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, said the symptoms among some of the dead — including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea — were consistent with poisoning from methanol or pesticides.

Methanol is a type of alcohol not safe for humans. It is regularly used as antifreeze.

“Adulterated alcohol is usually methanol added to alcohol or just plain methanol, which is very, very toxic,” Kobilinsky said.

“It looks to me, from what I’ve heard and read, is that something was added to the drinks or bottles in those little refrigerators.”

Health inspectors from multiple agencies conducted extensive tests on the pool, air conditioning units, food areas and alcohol at two Bahia Principe resorts where three visitors died, said the Dominican Ministry of Public Health. They are waiting for the results.

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

In 2017, Dominican National Police dismantled five labs used for the manufacture of alcohol not safe for human consumption.

But Hard Rock bartender Angel Santana, 43, said contamination claims were “not possible.”

“I have been working here for nine years, and everything here has always been very safe,” he said.

In a statement, the Hard Rock said clinical tests from Hospiten Bavaro, a hospital in Punta Cana, showed both deaths at its resort were caused by heart attacks.

The hotel also said it buys only “unopened products from licensed and reputable vendors.”

The first suspicious death at the Hard Rock came in July 2018, when American tourist David Harrison, 45, fell ill in his room and died. On April 14, Robert Bell Wallace, 67, also died there.

On May 25, Miranda Schaupp-Werner, 41, of Pennsylvania, died after drinking from the minibar of her room at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville resort.

Five days later, Maryland couple Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49 were found dead in their room at the neighboring Grand Bahia Principe.

Yvette Monique Short, of Philadelphia, died in June 2018 after drinking from her minibar at the resort.

The family of a seventh person, Leyla Cox of Staten Island, said on Thursday that she died mysteriously in her room during a trip last week. It was not clear where she was staying.

visit this link https://nypost.com/2019/0 .. ourist-deaths/
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 1 month ago '08        #2
supervillain 273 heat pts273
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Damn this is crazy..

I remember seeing a news clip years ago of cops raiding a liquor store in New York for counterfeit alcohol..what caught my attention is they found 100’s of cases of fake Hennessy...I stopped drinking after seeing that.
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 1 month ago '08        #3
supervillain 273 heat pts273
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fu*k alcohol
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 1 month ago '15        #4
KingTrips 2 heat pts
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 supervillain said



fu*k alcohol
Jesus Christ
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 1 month ago '04        #5
jumpman2304 25 heat pts25
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Damn. This actually makes sense ..
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 1 month ago '08        #6
supervillain 273 heat pts273
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Peep game...


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 1 month ago '15        #7
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Tourist money gonna drop and effect everybody.
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 1 month ago '07        #8
joshdogg26 196 heat pts196
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thought it would be from drinking those nasty a*s mama juanas
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 1 month ago '17        #9
Lazy 4 heat pts
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Fake, poisonous liquor was used as a drinking deterrent during Prohibition

Looks like the DR just had it because why not
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 1 month ago '19        #10
Purse Snatcher 9 heat pts
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Don't drink popular liquors high in demand
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 1 month ago '07        #11
PurpleKush 13 heat pts13
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stick to beer but fu*k alcohol even thou i drink
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 1 month ago '11        #12
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 DamianDragunov said
Tourist money gonna drop and effect everybody.
They hired a PR firm and best believe those prices will drop to attract people
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 1 month ago '17        #13
LostTenets 281 heat pts281
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One night I drank alcohol and I was never the same again. I woke up and my entire gastro instestinal region was in flames for 3 days. I literally couldn't eat for a while. Ain't been the same since nor have I drank since
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 1 month ago '18        #14
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 1 month ago '08        #15
supervillain 273 heat pts273
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 joshdogg26 said
thought it would be from drinking those nasty a*s mama juanas
I still have my bottle from my 2013 trip to punta Cana..
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 1 month ago '16        #16
OWPE 106 heat pts106
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Fake liquor in the DR? Tourism is done son
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 1 month ago '19        #17
King of Snakes 75 heat pts75
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Glad I stopped drinking. They gonna perfect fake weed next
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 1 month ago '18        #18
shooter 16 heat pts16
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Nobody else drank it. Just the two groups of unrelated Americans?

A relative of the deceased said they covering up a violent murder down there, trying to save the tourism industry.
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 1 month ago '10        #19
JKO 2 heat pts
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Damn, I got some bottles of Dominican rum I bought back in 2013. Still haven’t opened them yet....
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 1 month ago '09        #20
iAM2 2 heat pts
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you could remix anything.. if you know you know. dont be so gullible outchea. get ya logic right
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 1 month ago '06        #21
realgunta 974 heat pts974
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fake alco has been around for a long time now

back when i bartended the majority of the liquor we sold was fake.

there wasnt anything in it to get you sick or anything, but it just wasnt the authentic brand. The owner put us all on game and let us know up front that the majority of liquor he carries will be fakes.

The only alcohol we sold that was real were beer, champagne and wine. Everything else was bootleg.

He did it to maximise profits
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 1 month ago '05        #22
Schavez98 8 heat pts
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 King of Snakes said
Glad I stopped drinking. They gonna perfect fake weed next
Grow your own and you don’t got to worry about it.
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 1 month ago '17        #23
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Im sick like a sip from bill cosby drink
at a bar in DR and do not leave a tip
(Playboi Carti Baby voice)
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 1 month ago '04        #24
shadychef04 139 heat pts139
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My brother in law and all his friends just canceled their trip to the Dominican and are going elsewhere
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 1 month ago '05        #25
JohnnyCage202 43 heat pts43
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 realgunta said
fake alco has been around for a long time now

back when i bartended the majority of the liquor we sold was fake.

there wasnt anything in it to get you sick or anything, but it just wasnt the authentic brand. The owner put us all on game and let us know up front that the majority of liquor he carries will be fakes.

The only alcohol we sold that was real were beer, champagne and wine. Everything else was bootleg.

He did it to maximise profits

In college we threw parties and did the same sh*t...

...would drive to Camden from Philly and stock up on cheap a*s rail liquor...

...pour that sh*t in a Belvedere bottle (that sh*t was in demand thanks to Just Blaze and the good folks at Rocafella Records), and tax n*ggas...

...but we were just college kids throwing wild illegal house parties for gas, rent, Jordans, and Black College Weekend down Kings Dominion money - my n*gga your boss was a flat out scoundrel.
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