The market for illegal drugs globally is a multi-billion dollar enterprise, with profits flowing mainly to drug traffickers. In 2006, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon declared war on his own country's powerful cartels. As Mexican forces pursued them, rival gangs clashed over territory, and civilians were caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, emboldened, cartels have expanded into Central America. As long as demand for drugs remains high, there's incentive to provide the supply.
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 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 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.
A Mexican prison riot in which 44 people were stabbed, strangled or beaten to death was originally mourned as just another Latin American prison tragedy, days after a fire in a Honduras jail killed more than 350 inmates.
In perhaps a final affront to the United States today, Mexican President Felipe Calderón unveiled a billboard with the words, “No more weapons,” facing north of the border in Ciudad Juárez, one of the world’s most violent cities ravaged by drug crime.