Jun 1, 2011
Whack-a-mole drug war: Inside Mexico's Drug Wars - Photo Gallery
Inside Mexico's Drug Wars - Photo Gallery - LIFE: "WARNING: IMAGES IN THIS GALLERY DEPICT EXTREME VIOLENCE. Not long ago, the name 'Acapulco' conjured images of bronzed jet-setters, romantic beaches, and cold margaritas. But since 2006, when Mexico effectively declared war on the country's drug cartels, Acapulco's sun-drenched dream has devolved into a nightmare. Here, LIFE.com presents photographs by one Acapulco-based journalist, Pedro Pardo, who has chronicled, day by day, his city's epidemic of violence in pictures of a singular, raw immediacy and startling virtuosity."