With unfailing punctuality, the grocer receives text messages from his extortionist on the last day of each month. The medical students leave their lab coats at school, to avoid roaming gangsters who need surgery. The oil man mutters on his two-way radio as he drives behind tinted glass.
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – Mexico's government decided Tuesday to increase military control over security in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas and purge corrupt police to reverse a surge in drug cartel violence.
MEXICO CITY – Dark days of violence have returned to Mexico's northeastern state of Tamaulipas, prompting authorities to deploy more soldiers after nearly 80 people died in drug cartel gunfights in one month.