Drunk pilot removed from Canada-Cancun flight pleads guilty to being impaired

A Boeing 737 (737-800) jetliner belonging to Sunwing Airlines takes off from Calgary, Alberta.    (PHOTO: Larry MacDougal/TCPI/The Canadian Press

CALGARY, Canada — A pilot who drank a bottle of vodka in his hotel room before his flight to Cancun and was so impaired he appeared to pass out in the cockpit says he is filled with remorse and shame. Miroslav Gronych, a Slovakian national who was escorted off a Sunwing Airlines plane in Calgary on Dec. 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday March 21 to having More...

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By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
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Anger rises after tourist poses with police weapon

PLAYA DEL CARMEN — Mexicans have vented their anger on social media over a photo which shows a tourist posing with the rifle of a federal police officer, the BBC reported. The smiling, shirtless tourist is More...

Guatemalan officers place the body of a guard killed in prison riot in the bed of a pickup truck. (PHOTO: uk.news.yahoo.com)
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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Gang attacks on Guatemalan police kill three officers, wound eight more

GUATEMALA CITY – Three policemen were killed and seven officers wounded in attacks on police across Guatemala on Monday night March 20, the Associated Press reported. Authorities said the attacks occured hours More...

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By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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UK-based firm ranks Mexico as third most dangerous country

The consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft compiled a Crime Rate Index for calendar year 2016, and Mexico is ranked the third most dangerous country in the world.  The list was released in December 2016. Verisk Maplecroft More...

Alleged Italian drug dealer was arrested in Playa del Carmen. (PHOTO: dailymail.co.uk)
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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Italian fugitive arrested in PDC — after showing off his lifestyle on social media

PLAYA DEL CARMEN — A bungling drug trafficker was arrested after he showed off his luxury lifestyle on social media using his real name — even though he was wanted by Interpol, according to British newspaper More...

Spring breakers have complained of mistreatment by tourist police. (PHOTO: borderlandbeat.com)
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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Cancun hoteliers: Clean up police corruption to preserve tourism

CANCÚN — “The insecurity and violence in Cancun has reached alarming levels, so it is time to apply zero tolerance security schemes such as those implemented in New York and managed to reduce high rates More...

Mothers of missing sons came out of a service of  Pedro Alberto Huesca, whose remains were found at one of the unmarked graves where skulls were found on a plot of land, in Palmas de Abajo, Veracruz, Mexico March 16, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
By Yucatan Times On Friday, March 17th, 2017
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ANALYSIS: Veracruz mass grave highlights government’s failure to investigate disappearances

VERACRUZ — The discovery of one of the largest mass graves by a group of grieving parents has exposed the government’s failure to investigate the missing victims in Mexico’s long and bloody drug More...

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By Yucatan Times On Friday, March 17th, 2017
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Expect stepped-up border searches if you’re driving to Mexico

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have ramped up outbound searches of vehicles entering Mexico, looking for smuggled cash, ammunition, firearms, and other contraband, Phoenix New Times reported. Outbound searches More...

Cuban slugger Jose Abreu was one of the baseball players who testified in alleged smuggling ring trial in Miami. (PHOTO: CSN Chicago)
By Yucatan Times On Thursday, March 16th, 2017
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Miami jury convicts two men in Cuban ballplayer-smuggling via Cancun

MIAMI — A Miami jury on Wednesday March 15 convicted a Florida sports agent and a baseball trainer on charges they smuggled Cuban baseball players to the U.S. via Cancun, in search of big profits from professional More...

Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, Mexico's tourism secretary. (PHOTO: MIlenio)
By Yucatan Times On Thursday, March 16th, 2017
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Violence could pose threat to tourism in Yucatan: tourism secretary

The violence unleashed in Quintana Roo is a threat to tourism, which worries and preoccupies the authorities, who focus on working on a model of security for tourist destinations, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, Mexico’s More...