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Authorities inspect municipalities for illegal sale of alcohol

Chetumal, Q.R. — Several operations have been carried out in the state’s 11 municipalities for the illegal sale of alcohol with clandestine establishments being the main target.

The Secretaria de Finanzas Yohanet Torres Muñoz said “Governor Carlos Joaquín has given instructions to reinforce surveillance, so these operations will be carried out permanently throughout Quintana Roo with the aim of preserving commercial order and inhibiting clandestine and out-of-hours sale of alcoholic beverages.”

The governor made the request in response to citizen complaints for the illegal sale of alcohol.

So far this month, inspections were conducted in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco that resulted in the closing of seven establishments. The illegal businesses shut were found in Chetumal, Calderitas, Ucum, Nicolás Bravo and Javier Rojo Gómez.

Cases of alcohol from three private homes were also seized after residents reported them for illegally selling the beer. In Lázaro Cárdenas, alcoholic from two private homes were also seized for clandestine sales after neighbors reported them.

The main establishments in the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Isla Mujeres, Solidaridad and Puerto Aventuras, Bacalar, José María Morelos and Felipe Carrillo Puerto, were found in compliance. However, two restaurant/bars in the hotel zone were shut on Cozumel for selling alcohol outside hours.

Three places were also closed in the center and beach areas of Puerto Morelos for selling alcohol without having valid permits. In Tulum, three establishments were also shut.