Mexico's competing drug cartels
Mexico's many drug cartels are in constant competition with one another for territory, supply routes, reputation and to replace leaders and key facilitators —logisticians, hit men, financiers, enforcers — that are arrested or killed by Mexican authorities. The competition among such well-armed and -funded crime organizations led to 60,000 deaths and upwards of 25,000 disappearances over the past seven years. Read related article.
Sources: Drug Enforcement Administration, Mexican National Security System, Trans-Border Institute, Reforma, DEA. Gene Thorp and Cristina Rivero/The Washington Post.