Ormond Beach, Florida, U.S. Republican presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY speaks during a campaign rally

Presidential hopeful MITT ROMNEY’s tough anti-drug stance may threaten the lives of his family members, fellow Mormons living in a lawless area of Mexico, his cousin and intelligence insiders tell The ENQUIRER.

“I’m hoping we don’t have any negative outcome, but it could be a problem,” Mitt’s cousin MILES ROMNEY told The ENQUIRER in an exclu­sive interview.

“We will definitely need to take precautions.”

Miles is one of three dozen Romney relatives living in a Mormon colony in a north­ern region controlled by a murderous drug lord.

Inside sources told The ENQUIRER that Romney’s advisers fear he will be scarred by a blood-soaked scandal if any of his kin are slaughtered due to their ties to the presidential candidate.

“These relatives of Mitt lived quietly until now, working hard as farmers and cattle ranchers,” a top political source told The ENQUIRER.

“Although one WAS kid­napped, he survived and no one has been killed.

"But now that they’ve been put in the spotlight, drug lords could target them as an example against an American presi­dential candidate!

“Mitt’s campaign advisers fear he’ll have ‘blood on his hands’ if any of them are harmed – or worse!”

SYLVIA LONGMIRE, former U.S. Air Force special agent and the author of “Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars,” told The ENQUIRER that it would be a feather in their cap for any drug lord to target the Romneys.

“A cartel that targets them now would definitely raise their profile,” said Longmire.

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