DPS Urges Students On Spring Break To Avoid Mexico

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Department of Public Safety is advising students on spring break to avoid drug violence-plagued Mexico.

A DPS statement Tuesday cited the continued violence and also urged boaters to stay on the U.S. side of Falcon Lake.

A U.S. drug agent was shot and killed February 15 in Mexico. The victim was Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata.

A missionary, Nancy Davis, was fatally shot on Jan. 26 in Mexico.

David Hartley was fatally shot on Sept. 30 while sightseeing on Falcon Lake.

DPS Director Steven McCraw says while drug cartel violence is most severe in northern Mexico, it’s prominent in other parts of the country, including resort areas such as Cancun and Acapulco.

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One Comment

  1. Ab says:

    Thank you, Captain Obvious!

    1. J. K. says:

      Actually, it’s a fair warning. Too many young people think they are indestructible and that nothing will happen to them

      1. 2sister says:

        I agree, J. K., but I have a feeling that AB might have been responding to someone else since there apparently were 3 replies to this story.


  2. Diane Darcy says:

    I go to Canun, Playa del Carment, and Cozumel several times a year and as a travel agent send 100s of people there and we all see nothng on the drug end because we stay at resorts and they are safe. If you go looking for trouble you will find it anywhere! It is hard to say a whole country like Mexico is not safe. It is like saying it is not safe to go to the US. We have many murders and drug related crimes here in the US and North Texas. I feel very very safe in the tourist areas of Mexico. Even more safe than in some parts of the DFW area! I have been going there for over 20 years and I have not ever seen any crime in progress. I would send my son there. I would not send him to a border town because there are problems with just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I also would not send him to certain parts of Ft Worth or Dallas for the same reasons. Please do not say MEXICO is not safe. If you say that then you have to say the US is not safe. MEXICO is a country not a town!

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