Organized Crime & Gangs

Mexico’s cartels move into extortion

“At a construction site of an apartment building in the heart of the Mexican capital, a company engineer runs through his weekly payroll sheet.

He has salaries written out for carpenters, bricklayers and electricians. At the bottom of the sheet is a notation of $200 for “security services” next to a nickname, “El Indio” — the Indian.

“That is what we have to pay to gangsters to be able work on this site,” said the engineer, who asked that his name not be used, for fear of his safety.”

Source: Mexico’s cartels move into extortion

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