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Corruption Hampers Mexican Police in Border Drug War

A crooked cop is the oldest story in the book in Mexico. But this country has been forced to re-examine its police as it struggles against a devastating crime wave that in the last six months has taken more than 600 lives.At least half those killings have happened in the six Mexican states along the border with the United States, where drug traffickers fighting for control of lucrative drug routes empty their automatic weapons on busy streets in the light of day. Lawlessness has become so brazen, and impunity so complete, that experts on the illegal drug trade have begun comparing northern Mexico to Colombia, where powerful cartels took over large parts of the country by corrupting or killing police officers, politicians, journalists and judges.Full Story

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