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FBI investigates if death of tourists in the DR was for adulterated alcohol

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States (FBI for its acronym in English) investigates in the Dominican Republic if at least seven tourists who died here were poisoned by adulterated alcohol, according to the newspaper The New York Post.

According to the newspaper, the authorities are investigating who supplied the alcoholic beverages that the victims drank in the minutes and hours prior to his death, and if the drinks contained any dangerous chemicals in them, police sources said.

The FBI is helping and will take blood samples from the dead to its research center in Quantico, Virginia, a source told the Post.

Most deaths have similarities, since they involve adults, at least some of whom drank from the minibar in their hotel room before getting sick.

The Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier García, said several days ago that these cases are “isolated situations.”

Ambassador Robin Bernstein explained that the investigations are closely monitored from the embassy and that the authorities and local hoteliers are working to clarify what happened.

He stressed that it is his responsibility to worry about and take care of the safety of the Americans who live and visit the Dominican Republic.

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