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Friday, March 16, 2012
Mexican Drug War: 10 Shocking Facts
A recent U.S. government report suggests that "Two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse:
Pakistan and Mexico."
Mexico has one of the highest kidnapping rates in the world: An average of
70 people are abducted
1,100 guns found
discarded at Mexico shooting scenes or confiscated from cartel gangsters were traced to Texas gun merchants in 2007.
One of Mexico's most notorious drug kingpins, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, escaped a maximum security prison in 2001 by driving out in
a laundry truck.
This year Forbes magazine included Joaquin Guzman,
a Mexican drug lord
, on its annual billionaires' list.
A drug cartel
hood named "The Cook"
reportedly dissolved the bodies of 300 victims in acid as part of the grisly work he committed for crime bosses.
The FBI has reported
75 open cases
of Americans kidnapped in Mexico.
In a poll by the daily newspaper La Reforma, Mexico City residents ranked
as a worse crisis than the economy by a 5-to-1 margin. In the past year, 20 percent were crime victims.
In the past year, Mexico's civil drug war has
claimed some 6,300 lives.
Sergio Gomez was kidnapped
and his genitals were burned with a blowtorch in December 2007, presumably for singing narco corridos, or "drug ballads."
3/16/2012 01:37:00 AM
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