Drug Cartels Find Allies In Mexican Barrios


In the poor neighborhoods of Monterrey, Mexico, the country’s biggest drug traffickers find an easy following of collaborators and pliable disciples. This is the traffickers’ so-called social base: people loyal out of economics more than anything else, people who peddle the drugs and eagerly turn out when the traffickers want to mount street demonstrations against the government and the army, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Independencia section has been penetrated in the last two years by agents of the Gulf cartel, one of Mexico’s most notorious and violent trafficking organizations. Those traffickers demonstrated their pull in this neighborhood last month when they paid residents to block Monterrey’s major thoroughfares with hours-long demonstrations, day after day for two weeks.

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