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Ford Sales in Mexico Drop Over Drug Trafficking Organization Fears

Location: 
Mexico
Ford Motor Company is reporting sales of one of its truck models has dropped sharply in Mexico, and they say it's because of drug trafficking organizations.
Publication/Source: 
KSWT (AZ)
URL: 
http://www.kswt.com/Global/story.asp?S=13464862

Drug Trafficking Organizations Disrupt Basic Services in Mexico

Location: 
Mexico
With killings and disappearances to assert their authority, Mexico's prohibition-created drug trafficking organizations are beginning to interfere with everyday government activities in pockets of the country, keeping workers off their turf and interrupting some of the most basic services. Not only do they maintain checkpoints and kill police or mayors to control territory, they now try to keep everyone from mid-level officials to delivery truck drivers and meter readers out of rural areas they use to transport drugs, stash weapons and kidnap victims, and hide from authorities. In the process, they are blocking deliveries of gasoline, pension checks, farm aid and other services to Mexicans.
Publication/Source: 
The Monitor (CA)
URL: 
http://www.themonitor.com/articles/mexico-44287-disrupt-drug.html

Deadly Weekend: At least 20 Slain in Ciudad Juárez

Location: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
It was another bloody weekend in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where at least 20 people were killed in drug prohibition violence.
Publication/Source: 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
URL: 
http://blogs.star-telegram.com/crime_time/2010/11/deadly-weekend-at-least-20-slain-in-ciudad-juarez.html

Killing of a Top Mexican Drug Lord May Boost Rival Zetas Organization

Location: 
Mexico
Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, also known as 'Tony Tormenta,' the highest-profile leader of a powerful drug trafficking organization, was gunned down by Mexican government forces this weekend, but signs that the death will lead to more violence and turf battles have terrified residents.
Publication/Source: 
The Christian Science Monitor (MA)
URL: 
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2010/1107/Killing-of-top-Mexico-drug-lord-Tony-Tormenta-may-boost-rival-Zetas-cartel

Despite Prop. 19 Loss, Marijuana Debate Still Aflame in Mexico

Location: 
Mexico
While some Mexicans expressed relief that California’s Proposition 19 was defeated in Tuesday’s election, others felt that the fight in Mexico was just beginning. The proposition, which essentially would have legalized marijuana in California, had a renewed sense of urgency south of the border, where the body count in the government’s crusade against drug trafficking organizations continues to rise.
Publication/Source: 
New America Media (CA)
URL: 
http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/after-prop-19-marijuana-debate-still-aflame-in-mexico.php

Time for Latin America to Reconsider Prohibition (Opinion)

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Erika De La Garza, program director of the Latin American Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice, and William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the Baker Institute, opine on the general failures of drug prohibition and what direction Latin America should go.
Publication/Source: 
The Houston Chronicle (TX)
URL: 
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7280128.html

5th US Citizen Killed in Mexico's Drug Prohibition War This Week

Location: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
A University of Texas-El Paso student died from a shooting attack on a car in Ciudad Juarez, making him the fifth American slain in the violent border city this week.
Publication/Source: 
KHOU (TX)
URL: 
http://www.khou.com/news/5th-US-citizen-killed-in-Mexico-this-week-106686723.html

Mass Grave of Drug Prohibition War Victims Found in Mexico

Location: 
GRO
Mexico
Authorities have dug at least 18 bodies out of the grave. Authorities found a note saying a "narco grave" was on the site.
Publication/Source: 
Reuters
URL: 
http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE6A309Y20101104

Collateral Damage Grows in Mexico’s Army-Led Prohibitionist Drug War

Location: 
Mexico
It was in February 2007 that Amnesty International raised concerns over Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s decision, two months earlier, to send thousands of troops across the country to attempt to control Mexico’s spiraling drug prohibition violence. Echoing worries voiced by the United Nations, the rights group warned that sending the army onto Mexican streets to do the job of the police was a bad idea. Almost four years into the fight, it would seem Amnesty, the U.N. and a host of other rights groups were right.
Publication/Source: 
Reuters
URL: 
http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2010/11/03/drugwarcollateral/

Mexico Drug War Update

by Bernd Debusmann, Jr.

Mexican drug trafficking organizations make billions each year smuggling drugs into the United States, profiting enormously from the prohibitionist drug policies of the US government. Since Mexican president Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and called the armed forces into the fight against the so-called cartels, prohibition-related violence has killed more than 28,000 people, the government reported in August. The increasing militarization of the drug war and the arrest of dozens of high-profile drug traffickers have failed to stem the flow of drugs -- or the violence -- whatsoever. The Merida initiative, which provides $1.4 billion over three years for the US to assist the Mexican government with training, equipment and intelligence, has so far failed to make a difference. Here are a few of the latest developments in Mexico's drug war.

Mexico's former president Vicente Fox supported Prop 19
Wednesday, October 27

In Nayarit, 15 people were shot and killed after being attacked by heavily armed gunmen at a carwash. All the dead were workers at the car wash. The exact motive for the killings is unclear, and Mexican officials are denying initial reports that the men are former drug addicts.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, interviewing with Mexico's W radio network, gave his full support to California's Proposition 19 initiative to legalize marijuana. Fox told the network, "How great it would be for California to set this example. May God let it pass. The other US states will have to follow step." Fox added that Mexico has taken "the least productive route, which is fighting violence with violence. Violence never resolves violence," also commenting that Mexico's legal exports would go up if marijuana were legalized and peasants could legally grow it.

Thursday, October 28

In Mexico City, six young men were gunned down outside a store. The victims were all in their 20’s, and several had criminal records. Mexican media sources have stated that the men were members of Los Perros, a Mexico City gang that is known to have ties to the Zetas Organization. The incident took place in Tepito, a neighborhood known for black market activity.

Near Ciudad Juarez, four people were killed and 15 were wounded after gunmen attacked three buses taking workers to a Maquiladora factory owned by US-based automobile interior company Eagle Ottawa.

Friday, October 29

The director of Puente Grande prison was arrested because of alleged ties to drug cartels during his tenure as a high-level official at the federal Attorney General’s Office. He had resigned from his post in 2008 after a corruption probe that led to the arrest of several officials for ties to the Beltran-Leyva Organization. He was named to be director of Puente Grande prison in early 2010. Puente Grande is notorious as the prison from which Sinaloa Cartel boss "El Chapo" Guzman escaped in 2001.

Sunday, October 31

In Ciudad Juarez, seven people were murdered in several incidents across the city. This brings the monthly total for October to 352 homicides, making it the most violent month in the history of the city. The number exceeds the yearly total of many previous years. The previous highest monthly death toll was August of this year, in which 339 people were murdered. The total so far for 2010 is nearly 2,700 murders. October was also the most deadly month for women in Ciudad Juarez, with 48 women murdered. Almost 300 women have been killed in the city this year.

Monday, November 1

In Ciudad Juarez, three people were killed in two separate incidents. This is the lowest daily death toll in the city the last three months.

In Chihuahua, Mexican authorities said that four American citizens were among the most recent victims of Mexico’s drug war. On Sunday, Arturo Sandoval, 35, of El Paso, was shot and killed in a triple homicide in Ciudad Juarez. On Saturday, a 26-year old American woman and her 15-year old son were gunned down with a Mexican national shortly after crossing the bridge from El Paso. On Friday, a 24-year old American woman was among two people killed by gunmen inside a taco store.

Total Body Count for the Week: 82

Total Body Count for the Year:  8,789

Read the previous Mexico Drug War Update here.

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