Mexico City, Mexico — If you’ve been following the U.S. tour industry over the last year or so, you’ve probably noticed that operators are being arrested in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Tour operators are using illegal drugs, like methamphetamines and cocaine.
On Thursday, the Mexico City mayor announced that the city will close its entire airport, the Teatro Alameda, because of the growing epidemic.
“We are closing the Teatro Alameda airport because of a rise in drug abuse,” Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera said.
“As of now, we have about 500 drug dealers operating on our airport.”
“This is a huge tragedy,” said Carmen Rodríguez, a spokesperson for the Mexican Drug Enforcement Agency.
“The number of drug traffickers in Mexico is growing at a faster rate than we are.”
The DEA estimates that at least 6,000 people are killed each year by drug cartels and related gangs in Mexico.
In addition, according to the DEA, the country has seen an increase in the number of deaths from the coronavirus, a pandemic that has led to a resurgence of heroin and fentanyl.
The DEA says the drugs and violence are costing Mexico more than $9 billion per year.
According to the mayor’s office, the city of Mexico will close the Teatsa Alameda on July 7.
“Mexico is a beautiful country, but it is also the capital of a very violent region of the world,” Manceras office said in a statement.
“This closure is not a result of the epidemic or a failure to take action on the drug problem, but is a result because the authorities are not taking adequate action to address it.”
It’s not the first time the U toA has been shut down for drug use.
In 2016, Mexico shut down its airport after it was discovered that some of its drug flights were diverted from the U .
S. and Mexico to the United Kingdom.
The U.K. has also recently shut down a number of airports, including Gatwick and Heathrow.
“There is a massive gap between the number and the amount of drugs that are going into Mexico and the numbers coming to the U.,” said James Wilson, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“It’s an epidemic that’s getting worse and worse every day.
We need to see a real change in the way Mexico deals with the drug trade.”
In a recent poll, more than one-third of Americans said that Mexico should shut down all of its airports for the epidemic.
But the mayor of Mexico City isn’t worried.
“All of our airports are open and we’re going to keep them open,” Mayor Álvaro Gutiérrez said.