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While murders have dropped across Mexico, a burst of violence has rattled the capital’s suburbs, with criminals dumping bodies on roadsides, kidnapping people in broad daylight and levying protection taxes. The crime surge in the State of Mexico, which wraps around the capital like a horseshoe, has challenged President Enrique Pena Nieto’s pledge to reduce the murders, kidnappings and extortion plaguing his nation. The state’s governor, Eruviel Avila, has described the crime wave as “rare and temporary,” the violent reaction of gangs dismantled by a police crackdown. Other officials say part of the problem may be linked to what Mexicans call the “cucaracha” effect, when sweeps against drug cartels in one state cause criminals to scurry like cockroaches to neighboring regions. This has again revived fears that the gangland violence seen elsewhere could infect Mexico City, which remains a relative oasis from such mayhem. during Pena Nieto’s time as governor. The Mayor of Cuautititlan Izcalli, Hector Karim Carvallo Delfin, speaks during a interview in Cuauti … It is the norm, and permanent,” said Alejandro Hope, a former intelligence official and security expert at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness. 

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After more than 70,000 people died in drug-related violence under his predecessor’s six-year term, Pena Nieto has indicated that murders have dropped since he took power in December 2012. But Mexico State is bucking this downward trend. It has seen 374 homicides in the first two months of the year, up from 303 in the same period last year, according to official figures. Kidnappings and extortion have also increased. The state government has responded by dismantling 14 kidnapping gangs and deploying state police to highways and cities, including 1,000 officers who man checkpoints in Cuautitlan Izcalli, just a half hour drive north of Mexico City. The suburb of 600,000 people has recorded 38 murders since January, the majority appearing with execution-style bullet wounds. “From January until nine days ago we had a constant problem of executions. Not one week passed without more executions.

 


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