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Drug Traffickers Greet New Ciudad Juárez Police Chief with Threat

Location: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
Mexico's 4-year-plus drug prohibition war push doesn't appear to be making its cities any safer. The new police chief in the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez received a threat on just his second day on the job. Two previous Ciudad Juárez police chiefs have quit since 2008 after drug trafficking organizations killed police officers and threatened to kill more unless they resigned.
Publication/Source: 
The Monitor (CA)
URL: 
http://www.themonitor.com/articles/chief-48032-threat-ciudad.html

Mexican Drug Prohibition War Affects Texas Farmers

Location: 
TX
United States
And the spillover continues: The bloody prohibition war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives has spread to the Lone Star state's agriculture, where drug traffickers are targeting farmers' livelihoods. Texas farmers and ranchers say confrontations with Mexican drug trafficking organizations are quietly adding up. Several growers and ranchers say their jobs started becoming more dangerous about two years ago.
Publication/Source: 
Fox News (US)
URL: 
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/03/11/mexican-drug-war-affects-texas-farmers/

Spillover Violence from Mexico Drug Prohibition War - Why Do Leaders Deny It?

Location: 
El Paso, TX
United States
We've heard for some time now that drug prohibition violence from Ciudad Juárez is spilling over into El Paso. An indictment just released against Barrio Azteca gang members confirms it. So why are some law enforcement agencies and local leaders so reluctant to admit it?
Publication/Source: 
KTSM (TX)
URL: 
http://www.ktsm.com/news/spillover-violence-why-do-leaders-deny-it

Mexican Shoot-Out Kills 18 As Drug Prohibition Violence Surges

Location: 
TAM
Mexico
A shoot-out between rival drug trafficking organizations left 18 people dead in Mexico's Tamaulipas state, amid a surge in deadly drug prohibition violence. The state has been the scene of horrifying killings, including last August, when a mass grave containing the bodies of 72 people, believed to be Central American migrants, was found on a local ranch.
Publication/Source: 
Agence France-Presse (France)
URL: 
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5htLsUbKqUkLTDJk6kngrgMY6-K2w?docId=CNG.bee25ad505d0bd98c8334b462ec0e531.821

Acapulco’s Taxi Drivers Being Murdered in Drug Prohibition War

Location: 
Acapulco, GRO
Mexico
In the last few weeks, more than a dozen taxi drivers and passengers have been murdered in the resort city of Acapulco. A 2008 survey reported that 120 of the 200 taxi drivers in the city of Chetumal, Mexcio, reported to have been threatened with violence against their families if they refused to deliver drugs on behalf of the local drug trafficking organization.
Publication/Source: 
Examiner.com (CO)
URL: 
http://www.examiner.com/drug-cartel-in-national/acapulco-s-taxi-drivers-being-murdered-drug-war

Mexico's Drug Prohibition War Disappearances Leave Families in Anguish

Location: 
Mexico
Thousands of people have vanished without a trace – some caught up in prohibition violence, others for no reason anyone can fathom. Relatives remain in agonized limbo. The disappearances are a disturbing echo of a tactic employed by dictatorships in the so-called dirty wars that plagued parts of Latin America in the last half of the 20th century.
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times (CA)
URL: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-disappeared-20110307,0,3152675.story

Save a Cop's Life: End the Drug War (Opinion)

Neill Franklin, who performed narcotics enforcement with the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore Police Department over a 34-year career, opines that we desperately need to end the "war on drugs" which has done so little to prevent people from using drugs but which has done so much to enrich organized criminals who do not hesitate to use violence to protect their black market profits. Franklin asks: How many more hardworking and brave law enforcers do we have to see killed in the line of duty before our elected officials will change this policy?
Publication/Source: 
The Baltimore Sun (MD)
URL: 
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-drug-war-20110307,0,4938130.story

Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations Targeting Rights Activists

Location: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
Hitmen are killing human rights workers across Ciudad Juárez -- the city in Mexico most affected by drug prohibition violence -- in brazen attacks that activists say authorities are unable and unwilling to halt.
Publication/Source: 
Calgary Herald (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/Cartels+targeting+rights+activists/4382118/story.html

Police Link Arizona Beheading to Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization

Location: 
AZ
United States
Police have tied the October beheading of a man in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler to a Mexican drug trafficking organization. "They stabbed him, we believe to death, and then severed his head. There was a lot of blood," Chandler police Sgt. Joe Favazzo said.
Publication/Source: 
Reuters
URL: 
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/04/us-beheading-arizona-idUSTRE7230L320110304

Over 2,000 Streets Closed in Mexican Border City for Security Due to Drug Prohibition Violence

Location: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
Residents have closed more than 2,000 streets in Ciudad Juarez, the city in Mexico most affected by drug prohibition violence. About 200 families have been wiped out in 10 zones heavily affected by the drug prohibition war.
Publication/Source: 
Latin America Herald Tribune (Venezuela)
URL: 
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=388515&CategoryId=14091

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