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Narko er ikke lenger noe som passerer gjennom Mexico, på vei til USA. Kartellene har funnet ut at de skal kultivere nye markeder, som i Mexico, og resultatet har ikke latt vente på seg.

Et uutviklet land som Mexico er langt mindre motstandsdyktig enn et utviklet: korrupsjon og store sosiale ulikheter gjør at narkotikaen etser seg inn og spiser opp samfunnet innenfra. Hvem skal bekjempe narkobaronene når politikere og politi er fylt av korrupte? De hederlige betaler med sitt liv.

As Mexican drug cartels have grown in power, they have begun to open up local markets for cheap forms of highly addictive drugs like crack and ice, as methamphetamine is known. Now even medium-sized towns like Zamora have large and growing populations of addicts, along with a rise in violent crime.

«Ten or 15 years ago we didn’t even see powdered cocaine, just marijuana,» said Commander Juan Carlos Espinosa of the Zamora police department. «Then about three years ago we started to see a lot of signs of ice, crack and heroin.»

The trend has alarmed Mexican officials. In July, President Felipe Calderón set in motion a program to test all high school students for drugs. The attorney general, Eduardo Medina Mora, has repeatedly raised a red flag in recent months.

«It’s a phenomenon — one must say clearly — not attended to in recent decades in this country, and now we have to turn to deal with what is a reality: that we are also a country of consumers,» Medina Mora told the newspaper El Universal.


Drug trade takes root, and toll, in Mexico