Oct 6, 2011

Mexico Drug War: Reporting from Drug War Frontline in West Mexico

InSight Crime: "Five years ago, the central-west states of Jalisco and Zacatecas were a relatively peaceful backwater in Mexico's battles with organized crime, but today the region is the site of growing violence as criminal groups compete for territory.

The region is appealing to drug traffickers for a number of reasons, but one in particular stands out: the two states offer a valuable passageway from the Pacific Coast, where two of the country's more important ports are located, to the northeast, home to several of the busiest U.S. border crossings."

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