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-- beauty history culture this is just one of Mexico's faces today the others.
-- headings and torture and mayhem.
While -- sometimes committed with flamboyant weapons like these gold plated dog news.
-- silver ammunition.
No one is immune to that twisted profits.
Among those seduced by this lifestyle -- beauty queen ex cops and politicians.
-- It's been -- and narco insurgents savage gun fights among heavily armed drug cartels here in Mexico have killed thousands and captured headlines.
Violence spiraled out of control and threatens to school across our border.
Narco terrorists have already.
Infiltrated 230 American cities one of them is forty year old Russell Leo right in his first on camera interview.
This cartel -- -- May have killed up to thirty people.
This is war stories and I'm Oliver North.
Coming to from Mexico City behind me the national cathedral in the heart of the sprawling metropolis of twenty million.
The lethal combination of drugs money and violence is -- -- but today it's deadlier and bloodier than ever.
Since December 2006.
The staggering 111000 people have died in drug related violence in Mexico.
That's more than doubled the number of Americans killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.
And the effects of this narco brutality evident well across the US border.
-- that pot illegal drugs from Mexico shipped to eastern states.
As a major distribution point call for murder.
Has been around he is -- And in our -- that the boy's kidnapping is believed to be linked to his grandfather's involvement with Mexican drug dealers.
The Department of Justice says Mexican cartels have infiltrated its 230 American cities.
One of them is probably in the neighborhood near you.
Narcotics pain human smuggling have long been an issue here in Phoenix but this is kind of an explosion -- to win Tucson started seeing a proliferation of.
Term home invasions.
90% of the cocaine that ends up on our streets travels to Mexico.
80% of methamphetamine.
Consumed by Americans has produced there.
Our southern neighbor is also the main foreign supplier of marijuana.
Volume of people.
Ask them whether it's gone up -- youth violence among these groups.
The attorney general Eduardo Medina Mora is Mexico's top law enforcement.
Before his December 2006 appointment by president Felipe Calderon the 52 year old -- who -- the federal police and prisons.
And headed Mexico's intelligence agency.
We're really focusing instead to go over -- -- seasons and hugged the right to.
In peace by some accounts Mexico's Ciudad Juarez is the most dangerous city in the American news.
More storage traveled there to meet the -- at its -- there Jose Reyes for readers.
We had last year about 16100 people killed in this city closes at 800.
Unmarked graves downtown El Paso used to be well.
Just a few feet from Texas and Juarez is the epicenter of a vicious turf war that's in the Gulf of Mexico.
Rival drug cartels are creating mayhem as they battled for control of pluses or shipping -- straight into the heart of America.
Their biggest customer.
Out of this 16100.
Only -- last by this innocent civilians that were also about fifty police officers that classes to war.
Between different cartels.
Michael -- spent 23 years fighting drug trafficking in narco terror for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Recently retired he was in charge of global operations -- the PGA's 5300.
Along that selfless work or some of the most lucrative book.
In the world.
Location location location -- ten billion dollars in bulk cash.
Mexico border from the unity since.
We needed to to.
Narco traffic and dollars or almost on par with the tourism industry which in 2008 generated about thirteen billion from Mexico.
During his presidential campaign Calderon vowed to crack down on the cartels.
After assuming office and -- in the arm.
The army came in with about 2000.
-- -- the Pentagon sent those.
Thousand additional army troops.
That would join the -- as police.
Soldiers have been deployed all across Mexico.
A quarter of their army is now committed to fighting narco terror.
Since December 2006.
President Calderon has -- a formidable battle.
Against the narco -- -- A history of corruption in the Mexican government at its prisons referred to -- universities and fraud.
This is a jaw dropping example.
Watch his 53 in the story out of prison and -- -- many believed to be cartel hit men.
Did turning journalists detained some forty people for -- children.
One of the things that you have president Calderon have done is to start prosecuting.
Who are corrupt so -- from here.
-- -- Around 600.
Police officers from police officers to very high ranking.
Officers and -- of him.
When the -- first came in a year ago they were stopping police cars and they actually.
Found at least two police cars with drugs in them that -- transporting drugs to organized crime.
This is the only city that went to a tremendous cleanup process.
Of the police department.
The mayor -- to the health of his then police chief Roberto or do you lose and -- -- it -- We went through the whole cleanup.
Half of that police force.
Identified as not being trustworthy and thrown out.
What happened -- -- who.
We police officer -- -- were killed there were several threats on his life -- for many months to Fred said.
Every 48 hours until police officers you don't -- don't fortunately 48 hours later.
Two police officers were killed to prevent.
The murders of more -- -- we're doing it reluctantly resigned and left Mexico.
For example they'll.
Juarez police department is now run by former military personnel like this retired air force colonel.
19100 soldiers and police officers are now fighting the cartels plus -- the miles from downtown El Paso, Texas.
-- look did.
When we met him in Lawrence Wilson she crystal ball had been on the job for only two minutes.
And -- very sharp young men and women.
Someone -- -- -- was very good police and with the help soldiers it all becomes an even stronger force.
How many cards are new person's fourth of course -- for the three times.
You've been threatened personally how would they delivered.
Most of the reds and I delivered he had -- police -- it.
And every time a police officer was gonna be killed you would hear on the radio person -- we called.
Medical -- you.
Didn't stick to -- -- -- -- good enough.
Players someone within the police force would be killed.
The grim reality of narco terror.
Has permeated Mexico.
Big 2000 mile borders separates this from the Dublin next door and that's been lying be protected.
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