21 Dead From Bootleg Alcohol in Ecuador Town

By: AP
By: AP

Stolen Liquor

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Authorities in Ecuador have banned the
sale of alcohol in a community where 21 people have died after
drinking bootleg liquor.

Public Health Minister David Chiriboga says 103 others have been
treated for intoxication from adulterated alcohol in the coastal
municipality of Urdaneta in Los Rios province, where eight were
initially reported dead.

Chiriboga says police have seized 28 containers each with 55
gallons of alcohol contaminated with methanol. Methyl alcohol is a
toxic substance sometimes used to illegally produce cheap liquor.

The health minister said Sunday that a law prohibiting the sale
or consumption of alcohol has been in effect since Saturday in the
area. The owner of the alcohol is being sought by police.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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