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The cross-border bullet trade

Meet the drug lords

Mexico’s militia moms fight crime and the law

OLINALA, Mexico — After decades making another life in the United States, Nestora Salgado found herself back home in southern Mexico's mountains, leading scores volunteer police against gangsters and officials alike. She's one of many women joining vigilante militias this year as communities across the region arm themselves with low-caliber weapons and popular ire against criminal abuse and official inaction.

Mexico madness: Did the Knights Templar murder the navy's vice admiral?

MEXICO CITY — This week's ambush murder of a Mexican navy admiral by alleged gang members in the violent Pacific coast state of Michoacan wasn't a premeditated attack, the state's acting governor said Wednesday. Vice Adm. Carlos Salazar and a bodyguard were shot dead Sunday when gunmen attacked their official navy car, which had been diverted by a protest blockade on a major toll road on to a secondary road in Michoacan.

Mexico's drug war shifts gears, again

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's new government had said it would back away from former President Felipe Calderon's military-led campaign against cartel capos and its tight ties with US security agencies — a shift that pleased critics while jangling nerves in Washington. But President Enrique Peña Nieto's efforts have come to look much like Calderon's.

On Location Video: Mexico's gangster bling

MEXICO CITY — Decoding Mexico's decked out drug cartels.

Mexico: Where a doctor sleeps with a loaded gun, bulletproof vest

ECATEPEC, Mexico — “The worst thing, the most serious thing, is that these gangsters live here,” he says. “I see them every day, wanting to kill me.”

Who are Mexico's Knights Templar?

COALCOMAN, Mexico — A gang of self-dubbed knights claim they're on a crusade to protect the unprotected in Mexico's western state of Michoacan, but there's nothing cavalier about them.

Confronting Mexico's Knights Templar cartel

COALCOMAN — “The problem started when they began messing with the population: extortion, rapes, killings," this county's mayor, Rafael Garcia, says of the Knights Templar cartel. "We were terrified. We are still terrified.”

Mexico drug war, rebooted

MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Peña Nieto says he wants to soften Mexico's bloody, military-led offensive against its criminal lords with a brainier, more preventive strategy. Well, wish him luck with that. This week, he had to put boots on the ground again.
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