By MICHAEL JONES, Associated PressFor the past eight years, America’s cup has been one of the world’s best-selling drinks.
It’s a signature beverage that many Americans drink with family and friends every Sunday and Monday, as well as in bars, restaurants and cafes across the country.
But the beverage is also popular in Mexico, where the cup has a reputation as the drink of choice for some of the most violent gangs in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations.
Mexico’s government has repeatedly rejected the report and said it’s “not concerned” about the violence linked to the drink.
The report, which found that the cup’s popularity in Mexico has been driven largely by the popularity of the country’s cartels, also noted that Mexican alcohol companies have been profiting from the cup for years.
But in 2014, Mexican authorities shut down a major alcohol company that was allegedly profiting off of the cup, and the government banned alcohol production and distribution to all cartels.
The U.N. agency, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland, said in a statement that it found that Mexican cartels and crime gangs in Mexico and in neighboring Guatemala were using the cup to make millions of dollars in illegal profits.
The cartel-controlled state of Sinaloa has been blamed for the violence in that country, and some of its members have been convicted of crimes, including murder and drug trafficking.
The drink was first popularized in Mexico by the Coca-Cola company in the 1980s, when it launched its first drink, the Coca Coke Classic.
In the United States, the beverage’s popularity has skyrocketed, with more than 2.3 billion Americans drinking it.
The cup, which has become a fixture of the American lifestyle in the past few decades, has become more and more popular with families, especially for the younger generation, the report said.
In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a California man to sue Coca-Co over allegations that the company used the cup as a way to market its soft drinks and soft drinks mixes in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The company agreed to pay $2.7 million in a settlement with the man.