Aug 3, 2008

Drug dealers wage intense battle for corridor in Juarez, Mexico

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Police are involved in record number of crimes

By Kelly McKenzie

Aug. 3, 2009

JUAREZ - Nearly 800 people in the state of Chihuahua have been killed this year, with about 700 of the homicides reported in Juarez, according to the authorities.
This could turn out to be a record year for Juarez, which had more than 500 homicides during one year in the past decade that local authorities under reported by about half.
Federal authorities and the Juarez police chief attribute most of the homicides to internal feuding within the drug cartel formerly controlled by kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes.
Journalist-author Diana Washington Valdez said the events of 2008 have demonstrated the existence of networks of law enforcement officers who work with and for drug dealers.
"In my book (The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women), I wrote about the Juarez 'police cartel,' which at the time generated skepticism," the author said. "Recently, the Mexican federal authorities confirmed a Juarez city policeman was part of a band of hired killers while another policeman belonged to a group of kidnappers.
"When we look at the national scene, we can see a problem that is exponential. But, it doesn't stop there. Except for ex-Governor Mario Villanueva (state of Quintana Roo), who's being sought for extradition by U.S. authorities, we've yet to see any of the governors, high-level politicians or prominent businessmen who profited from the drug trade and countless murders charged with a single crime."
During the past week, the authorities reported more than 40 homicides in Juarez alone.
Other sources indicate the intense battle for the Juarez drug corridor will determine the fate of the city across the border from El Paso, Texas.
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