Oct 25, 2011

Drug War: To Fight Police Corruption, One Mexican State Starts from Scratch

Fox News Latino: "Prime dove, deer and bass fishing areas near the US border are also battle zones in Mexico's drug war, forcing more than 250 hunting lodges to shut down and threatening the country's tourism industry. Hector Aguilar, who runs Big Bass Hunting and Fishing in Mexico's Tamaulipas State, says they have lost about 95 percent of their business. "People from the States used to come here a lot," said Aguilar. "That was our main target market and then just because of bad media it dropped and here we are."

The Mexican government has been aggressive in taking the fight to the drug cartels A five year battle has left 43,000 dead and exposed Mexico's police force as complicit. An entirely new force, the Civil Guard, is being formed to fight the cartels. .. Corruption in Mexican law enforcement until now has been endemic. The average police officer earns roughly $600 a month. The new Civil Guard recruits will earn three times that salary, along with housing and insurance benefits that officials help will prevent the new force from working with, instead of fighting, the cartels." read more

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