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About that Mexican resort trip — consider yourself warned

Mexican navy sailors patrol the beach as revelers relax during spring break in Cancun, Mexico, in this file photo. The State Department has included Cancun in an updated advisory about violent crime in Mexico.
Mexican navy sailors patrol the beach as revelers relax during spring break in Cancun, Mexico, in this file photo. The State Department has included Cancun in an updated advisory about violent crime in Mexico. AP

The State Department has issued an updated travel advisory warning U.S. citizens about the risks of traveling in Mexico.

The advisory posted Monday adds the Yucatan Peninsula state of Quintana Roo to the list of states where U.S. citizens have been victims of violent crimes including killings, kidnappings, carjackings and robberies.

Quintana Roo — home to such resort towns as Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum — is a popular destination for American tourists.

Baja California Sur, home to Cabo San Lucas, was included in an earlier warning.

Last month, the State Department warned U.S. travelers in Mexico about tainted alcohol in the resorts. The advisory came after a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation into the death of a 20-year-old Wisconsin student who blacked out and died in a pool at a resort near Playa del Carmen after drinking.

The latest advisory says there has been an increase in homicides from last year in areas in Quintana Roo frequented by U.S. citizens, largely attributed to assassinations and turf battles between criminal groups. It says shootings have occurred in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed.

Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh

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