FBI, officials advise against travel to parts of Mexico after Americans killed
US needs to start ‘playing hardball’ with Mexico: Chris Swecker
Former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker discusses cartel violence following the kidnapping of four Americans in Mexico.
FBI officials and other authorities are warning Americans against traveling to parts of Mexico following a deadly drug cartel kidnapping and shootout that left two people dead.
"If you're driving there, which most people will from Arizona, stay on the main highways. Try not to veer too far off course. That's where you can kind of get into sticky situations," Brooke Brennan with the FBI's Phoenix field office told Fox 10. "Have an emergency contact, make sure you're checking in with them and make sure they know how often you plan to check in with them."
The FBI also recommends saving the contact information for American embassies and having an emergency contact check in with you on regularly scheduled times.
"Only use official forms of travel – so official taxis, shuttles, maybe for the resort that you're staying at. Unofficial travel and unauthorized travel usually can make you an easier target and that's where some of these kidnappings have occurred," Brennan added.