1,800 Slayings Tied To Cartels

SB Sun

Usually glossed over in the debate about illegal immigration and border security is a seemingly endless battle fought in rural Mexican border towns, cities and political circles.

And like any battle, this one has casualties.

Since January 2005, more than 1,800 slayings have been tied to drug cartels in Mexico, according to the Mexican newspaper El Universal.

Mexican police do not keep a tally of narcotics killings, but according to El Universal, at least 176 people were killed in January alone. High-profile assassinations of law-enforcement officials are the latest manifestations of the war, according to experts.

“Intimidation, violence and death is the result of speaking out against the cartels,” said Hardrick Crawford Jr., a former special agent in charge of the FBI’s El Paso field office. “Sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.”

The slayings, though stunning in their number and frequency, certainly aren’t anything new. Those who deal in drugs on the border have for years risked death on a near-daily basis. So have those trying to catch the drug-runners.

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