Mexican drug wars by Eros Hoagland

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Family members grieve at a service for slain police officers in Tijuana. Police are often the target of drug related violence in Mexico...Murder, intimidation and kidnapping by drug cartels has risen to a level never before seen in Mexico in the last few years as rival mafias battle over illegal narcotics supply routes into the USA and political influence. More than 4,000 people have been murdered in drug related killings so far in 2008. Mexican president Felipe Calderon has ordered thousands of federal Police and military throughout the country to combat the growing power of drug cartels. But the cartels' infiltration of the police, judiciary, and political parties has severely compromised the government's ability to combat organized crime..