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CRIME is among the most urgent concerns facing Mexico, as Mexican drug trafficking rings play a major role in the flow of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana transiting between Latin America and the United States. Drug trafficking and organized crime have been a major source of violent crime in Mexico.

Mexico has experienced increasingly high crime rates, especially in major urban centers. The country's great economic polarization has stimulated criminal activity in the lower socioeconomic strata, which include the majority of the country's population. Crime continues at high levels, and is repeatedly marked by violence, especially in Mexico City, Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, Nuevo Laredo, Michoacan, and the state of Sinaloa. Low apprehension and conviction rates contribute to the high crime rate.

- from Wikipedia


DRUG-RELATED VIOLENCE IN MEXICO increasingly has the hallmarks of an insurgency, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said. The recent use of car bombs by drug cartels was one indication, she said, adding, "It's looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago."

A Mexican government spokesman rejected Mrs Clinton's analogy. Speaking in Mexico City, Alejandro Poire said the only aspect that the Mexican and Colombian conflicts share is their root cause - a high demand for drugs in the US.

- from BBC News

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This post goes out to the lonesome law enforcement officer.

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NO PARKING! DRINK COCA-COLA!

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fooling around with the camera,
while waiting for the bus to Cuernavaca

shot at ISO-1250

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