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 April 27, 2013
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