War on Drugs

Mexico's Lawless Border Towns

Drug traffickers have taken all but complete control over Ciudad Juarez, the center of Mexico’s bloody drug trade, forcing the federal government to step in with military reinforcements. After the mayor appointed a new police chief in Ciudad Juarez that the drug traffickers disliked, they began killing police officers every 48 hours until he agreed to resign — after at least five were killed, the chief gave in and fled the city. Nearly 3,000 have been killed in the area in drug-related violence and 45 cops have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez since January 2007.