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Mexico's bloody drug war

<p>Drug users inject heroin in an abandoned lot in a neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas </p>

Drug users inject heroin in an abandoned lot in a neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

Drug users inject heroin in an abandoned lot in a neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

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<p>A policeman is reflected on a police truck during a patrol in a neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez June 9, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas </p>

A policeman is reflected on a police truck during a patrol in a neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez June 9, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

A policeman is reflected on a police truck during a patrol in a neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez June 9, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

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<p>A passer-by looks on near a crime scene where a man had been killed earlier in a shootout in downtown Guadalajara February 7, 2011. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta </p>

A passer-by looks on near a crime scene where a man had been killed earlier in a shootout in downtown Guadalajara February 7, 2011. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta

A passer-by looks on near a crime scene where a man had been killed earlier in a shootout in downtown Guadalajara February 7, 2011. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta

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<p>Military and forensic experts inspect the body of a man who was killed outside a nightclub in the border city of Ciudad Juarez August 31, 2009. A man was handcuffed to a fence and shot several times by drug hitmen outside a nightclub, according to local media. The assailants also left a warning message, known as "narco mensaje", at the site of the shooting. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas </p>

Military and forensic experts inspect the body of a man who was killed outside a nightclub in the border city of Ciudad Juarez August 31, 2009. A man was handcuffed to a fence and shot several times by drug hitmen outside a nightclub, according to...more

Military and forensic experts inspect the body of a man who was killed outside a nightclub in the border city of Ciudad Juarez August 31, 2009. A man was handcuffed to a fence and shot several times by drug hitmen outside a nightclub, according to local media. The assailants also left a warning message, known as "narco mensaje", at the site of the shooting. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

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<p>A member of a forensic team looks at a bullet hole in a window at a crime scene where two men had been shot earlier in Guadalajara October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta </p>

A member of a forensic team looks at a bullet hole in a window at a crime scene where two men had been shot earlier in Guadalajara October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta

A member of a forensic team looks at a bullet hole in a window at a crime scene where two men had been shot earlier in Guadalajara October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta

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<p>A relative reacts after arriving at a crime scene where 17 patients were killed at a rehabilitation center in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 2, 2009.  REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas </p>

A relative reacts after arriving at a crime scene where 17 patients were killed at a rehabilitation center in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 2, 2009. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

A relative reacts after arriving at a crime scene where 17 patients were killed at a rehabilitation center in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 2, 2009. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

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<p>Isabel Carcamo, daughter of Miguel Carcamo, faints during the funeral of her father in El Guante, September 2, 2010. Miguel Carcamo, 43, the father of four children, travelled illegally for the first time to the U.S. on August 3. According to Honduras' Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carcamo was one of 21 Honduran immigrants murdered and identified so far at Tamaulipas, Mexico, where a series of firefights with drug gang members have occurred. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido</p>

Isabel Carcamo, daughter of Miguel Carcamo, faints during the funeral of her father in El Guante, September 2, 2010. Miguel Carcamo, 43, the father of four children, travelled illegally for the first time to the U.S. on August 3. According to...more

Isabel Carcamo, daughter of Miguel Carcamo, faints during the funeral of her father in El Guante, September 2, 2010. Miguel Carcamo, 43, the father of four children, travelled illegally for the first time to the U.S. on August 3. According to Honduras' Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carcamo was one of 21 Honduran immigrants murdered and identified so far at Tamaulipas, Mexico, where a series of firefights with drug gang members have occurred. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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<p>A policeman carries a child away during a gun battle in Tijuana, in Mexico's state of Baja California, January 17, 2008. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes </p>

A policeman carries a child away during a gun battle in Tijuana, in Mexico's state of Baja California, January 17, 2008. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

A policeman carries a child away during a gun battle in Tijuana, in Mexico's state of Baja California, January 17, 2008. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

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<p>Students smile as they pose for pictures in front of a pile incinerated drugs at the 20th Cavalry Regiment military base in Ciudad Juarez March 18, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

Students smile as they pose for pictures in front of a pile incinerated drugs at the 20th Cavalry Regiment military base in Ciudad Juarez March 18, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Students smile as they pose for pictures in front of a pile incinerated drugs at the 20th Cavalry Regiment military base in Ciudad Juarez March 18, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>A federal policeman stands guard during an operation at a night club in downtown Ciudad Juarez March 7, 2009.  REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

A federal policeman stands guard during an operation at a night club in downtown Ciudad Juarez March 7, 2009. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

A federal policeman stands guard during an operation at a night club in downtown Ciudad Juarez March 7, 2009. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Manuel Casares, 31, mourns for his wife at the house where she was killed when gunmen sprayed bullets during a family birthday party in Ciudad Juarez October 23, 2010. REUTERS/Gael Gonzalez </p>

Manuel Casares, 31, mourns for his wife at the house where she was killed when gunmen sprayed bullets during a family birthday party in Ciudad Juarez October 23, 2010. REUTERS/Gael Gonzalez

Manuel Casares, 31, mourns for his wife at the house where she was killed when gunmen sprayed bullets during a family birthday party in Ciudad Juarez October 23, 2010. REUTERS/Gael Gonzalez

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<p>The statue commemorating Tijuana's 'fallen policemen' is reflected on a wall of photographs of police agents killed in the line of duty at a mausoleum in the border city of Tijuana, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

The statue commemorating Tijuana's 'fallen policemen' is reflected on a wall of photographs of police agents killed in the line of duty at a mausoleum in the border city of Tijuana, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

The statue commemorating Tijuana's 'fallen policemen' is reflected on a wall of photographs of police agents killed in the line of duty at a mausoleum in the border city of Tijuana, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Bullet casings are seen on the ground after a gun battle between soldiers and suspected hitmen in the municipality of China, some 98 km (60 miles) away from Monterrey, March 30, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

Bullet casings are seen on the ground after a gun battle between soldiers and suspected hitmen in the municipality of China, some 98 km (60 miles) away from Monterrey, March 30, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Bullet casings are seen on the ground after a gun battle between soldiers and suspected hitmen in the municipality of China, some 98 km (60 miles) away from Monterrey, March 30, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>A woman is comforted near the body of a dead man in Ciudad Juarez April 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas </p>

A woman is comforted near the body of a dead man in Ciudad Juarez April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

A woman is comforted near the body of a dead man in Ciudad Juarez April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

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<p>A student pins a white ribbon on a woman in remembrance of victims of a shootout, students Javier Arredondo and Jorge Mercado during a memorial at the Tecnologico de Monterrey campus in Monterrey March 22, 2010. The students were killed on March 19 during a shooting between soldiers and drug hitmen when soldiers confused them with drug traffickers. Monterrey, considered one of Latin America's premier business cities, has been engulfed by drug violence and crime over the past three years as rival gangs fight over smuggling routes into the United States. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

A student pins a white ribbon on a woman in remembrance of victims of a shootout, students Javier Arredondo and Jorge Mercado during a memorial at the Tecnologico de Monterrey campus in Monterrey March 22, 2010. The students were killed on March 19...more

A student pins a white ribbon on a woman in remembrance of victims of a shootout, students Javier Arredondo and Jorge Mercado during a memorial at the Tecnologico de Monterrey campus in Monterrey March 22, 2010. The students were killed on March 19 during a shooting between soldiers and drug hitmen when soldiers confused them with drug traffickers. Monterrey, considered one of Latin America's premier business cities, has been engulfed by drug violence and crime over the past three years as rival gangs fight over smuggling routes into the United States. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Recovered heroin addicts kneel down and pray during a morning session at the "Outcry in the Barrio" ministry in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 9, 2009.  REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

Recovered heroin addicts kneel down and pray during a morning session at the "Outcry in the Barrio" ministry in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 9, 2009. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Recovered heroin addicts kneel down and pray during a morning session at the "Outcry in the Barrio" ministry in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 9, 2009. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Mexican soldiers detain an unidentified man during a navy operation in Cuernavaca, in the Mexican state of Morelos December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Margarito Perez </p>

Mexican soldiers detain an unidentified man during a navy operation in Cuernavaca, in the Mexican state of Morelos December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Margarito Perez

Mexican soldiers detain an unidentified man during a navy operation in Cuernavaca, in the Mexican state of Morelos December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Margarito Perez

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<p>Police walk near a victim of a shootout between rival gangs the Michoacan cartel known as "La Familia" (The Family) and the drug hitmen group "Los Zetas" in Uruapan December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Police walk near a victim of a shootout between rival gangs the Michoacan cartel known as "La Familia" (The Family) and the drug hitmen group "Los Zetas" in Uruapan December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

Police walk near a victim of a shootout between rival gangs the Michoacan cartel known as "La Familia" (The Family) and the drug hitmen group "Los Zetas" in Uruapan December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Police stand near a car with the body of a dead man at a crime scene on the outskirts of Guadalajara September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta</p>

Police stand near a car with the body of a dead man at a crime scene on the outskirts of Guadalajara September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta

Police stand near a car with the body of a dead man at a crime scene on the outskirts of Guadalajara September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta

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<p>A woman carrying her baby, looks at a crime scene where five hitmen were killed in a shootout with soldiers in the municipality of Juarez, neighbouring Monterrey September 3, 2010.  REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

A woman carrying her baby, looks at a crime scene where five hitmen were killed in a shootout with soldiers in the municipality of Juarez, neighbouring Monterrey September 3, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

A woman carrying her baby, looks at a crime scene where five hitmen were killed in a shootout with soldiers in the municipality of Juarez, neighbouring Monterrey September 3, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>10-year old Jose Angel holds his violin while posing for a photograph on a street in his neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, October 15, 2010. In one of the world's deadliest cities, where drug gangs murder a dozen people a day, a former heroin addict is changing lives with violins and trumpets rather than assault rifles. Alma Rosa Gonzalez is helping poor children learn classical music and give them an outlet that might stop them falling prey to the gangsters who are terrorizing this city of about 1.5 million on the Texas border. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

10-year old Jose Angel holds his violin while posing for a photograph on a street in his neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, October 15, 2010. In one of the world's deadliest cities, where drug gangs murder a dozen people a day, a former heroin addict is...more

10-year old Jose Angel holds his violin while posing for a photograph on a street in his neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, October 15, 2010. In one of the world's deadliest cities, where drug gangs murder a dozen people a day, a former heroin addict is changing lives with violins and trumpets rather than assault rifles. Alma Rosa Gonzalez is helping poor children learn classical music and give them an outlet that might stop them falling prey to the gangsters who are terrorizing this city of about 1.5 million on the Texas border. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>A soldier escorts a suspect as he is presented to the media at the 20th Cavalry Regiment in Ciudad Juarez March 17, 2010.  REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

A soldier escorts a suspect as he is presented to the media at the 20th Cavalry Regiment in Ciudad Juarez March 17, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

A soldier escorts a suspect as he is presented to the media at the 20th Cavalry Regiment in Ciudad Juarez March 17, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>A local policeman talks with a man accused of drug trafficking, at a jail cell in the central command in Tijuana, January 5, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo</p>

A local policeman talks with a man accused of drug trafficking, at a jail cell in the central command in Tijuana, January 5, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

A local policeman talks with a man accused of drug trafficking, at a jail cell in the central command in Tijuana, January 5, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Ricardo (top), a recovered heroin addict and a volunteer of the "Outcry in the Barrio" ministry, places his hands and prays over a recently admitted heroin addict who is going through withdrawal symptoms in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 9, 2009. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

Ricardo (top), a recovered heroin addict and a volunteer of the "Outcry in the Barrio" ministry, places his hands and prays over a recently admitted heroin addict who is going through withdrawal symptoms in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September...more

Ricardo (top), a recovered heroin addict and a volunteer of the "Outcry in the Barrio" ministry, places his hands and prays over a recently admitted heroin addict who is going through withdrawal symptoms in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 9, 2009. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>The slain body of a drug hitman is seen among branches after an operation by Mexican soldiers at a ranch near the municipality of Sabinas Hidalgo, some 100 km away from Monterrey April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

The slain body of a drug hitman is seen among branches after an operation by Mexican soldiers at a ranch near the municipality of Sabinas Hidalgo, some 100 km away from Monterrey April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

The slain body of a drug hitman is seen among branches after an operation by Mexican soldiers at a ranch near the municipality of Sabinas Hidalgo, some 100 km away from Monterrey April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>A woman walks past a mural depicting (L-R) a drug addict, a police officer and a car thief in the border city of Tijuana April 18, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

A woman walks past a mural depicting (L-R) a drug addict, a police officer and a car thief in the border city of Tijuana April 18, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

A woman walks past a mural depicting (L-R) a drug addict, a police officer and a car thief in the border city of Tijuana April 18, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Onlookers stand near a crime scene on the outskirts of Guadalajara September 28, 2010.  REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta </p>

Onlookers stand near a crime scene on the outskirts of Guadalajara September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta

Onlookers stand near a crime scene on the outskirts of Guadalajara September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Acosta

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<p>Federal policemen search men for drugs and weapons during a raid in the Morelos district in Mexico City February 22, 2008. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar </p>

Federal policemen search men for drugs and weapons during a raid in the Morelos district in Mexico City February 22, 2008. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

Federal policemen search men for drugs and weapons during a raid in the Morelos district in Mexico City February 22, 2008. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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<p>A soldier escorts Edgar Jimenez Lugo alias "El Ponchis" as he is presented to the media in Cuernavaca December 3, 2010. Soldiers arrested the 14-year-old suspected drug gang hitman Jimenez in central Mexico as he attempted to travel to the United States. Jimenez, a U.S. citizen, is believed to work for the South Pacific cartel in Morelos state, outside Mexico City, part of a gang of teenagers committing brutal murders to eliminate rivals. REUTERS/Margarito Perez </p>

A soldier escorts Edgar Jimenez Lugo alias "El Ponchis" as he is presented to the media in Cuernavaca December 3, 2010. Soldiers arrested the 14-year-old suspected drug gang hitman Jimenez in central Mexico as he attempted to travel to the United...more

A soldier escorts Edgar Jimenez Lugo alias "El Ponchis" as he is presented to the media in Cuernavaca December 3, 2010. Soldiers arrested the 14-year-old suspected drug gang hitman Jimenez in central Mexico as he attempted to travel to the United States. Jimenez, a U.S. citizen, is believed to work for the South Pacific cartel in Morelos state, outside Mexico City, part of a gang of teenagers committing brutal murders to eliminate rivals. REUTERS/Margarito Perez

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<p>Female members of the Mexican federal police stand guard as suspected members of the Michoacan cartel known as "La Familia" (The Family) are presented to the media at the federal police center in Mexico City, September 26, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Female members of the Mexican federal police stand guard as suspected members of the Michoacan cartel known as "La Familia" (The Family) are presented to the media at the federal police center in Mexico City, September 26, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer more

Female members of the Mexican federal police stand guard as suspected members of the Michoacan cartel known as "La Familia" (The Family) are presented to the media at the federal police center in Mexico City, September 26, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Forensic personnel remove the body of one of Garcia's security secretary Juan Arturo Esparza Garcia's bodyguards from a crime scene in the municipality of Garcia, on the outskirts of Monterrey November 4, 2009.  REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

Forensic personnel remove the body of one of Garcia's security secretary Juan Arturo Esparza Garcia's bodyguards from a crime scene in the municipality of Garcia, on the outskirts of Monterrey November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Forensic personnel remove the body of one of Garcia's security secretary Juan Arturo Esparza Garcia's bodyguards from a crime scene in the municipality of Garcia, on the outskirts of Monterrey November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Police stand guard next to a man, who was presented as a witness to the attorney's office, at a crime scene in Tijuana October 24, 2010.  REUTERS/Jorge Duenes </p>

Police stand guard next to a man, who was presented as a witness to the attorney's office, at a crime scene in Tijuana October 24, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

Police stand guard next to a man, who was presented as a witness to the attorney's office, at a crime scene in Tijuana October 24, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

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<p>The bodies of two men hang from a bridge near a commercial area in Cuernavaca April 9, 2010. The men were repeatedly shot at while they were hanging from the bridge with their heads covered up and handcuffed, local media reported. REUTERS/Margarito Perez Retana </p>

The bodies of two men hang from a bridge near a commercial area in Cuernavaca April 9, 2010. The men were repeatedly shot at while they were hanging from the bridge with their heads covered up and handcuffed, local media reported. REUTERS/Margarito...more

The bodies of two men hang from a bridge near a commercial area in Cuernavaca April 9, 2010. The men were repeatedly shot at while they were hanging from the bridge with their heads covered up and handcuffed, local media reported. REUTERS/Margarito Perez Retana

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<p>A woman cries over the body of a dead man while being comforted by another woman after two men had been shot on a street in Ciudad Juarez August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut </p>

A woman cries over the body of a dead man while being comforted by another woman after two men had been shot on a street in Ciudad Juarez August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

A woman cries over the body of a dead man while being comforted by another woman after two men had been shot on a street in Ciudad Juarez August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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<p>A rusty pick-up with bullet holes, the word "Homicide" and the number 39, which stands for death in police lingo, sits with other vehicles in a police junkyard in Ciudad Juarez September 22, 2010. Confiscated in crime-related incidents, more than 2,000 vehicles, some with blood and the marks from shootouts, are stored in the yard while investigations into the crimes are conducted, according to the local prosecutor's office. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

A rusty pick-up with bullet holes, the word "Homicide" and the number 39, which stands for death in police lingo, sits with other vehicles in a police junkyard in Ciudad Juarez September 22, 2010. Confiscated in crime-related incidents, more than...more

A rusty pick-up with bullet holes, the word "Homicide" and the number 39, which stands for death in police lingo, sits with other vehicles in a police junkyard in Ciudad Juarez September 22, 2010. Confiscated in crime-related incidents, more than 2,000 vehicles, some with blood and the marks from shootouts, are stored in the yard while investigations into the crimes are conducted, according to the local prosecutor's office. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A black plastic bag containing a mutilated body is pictured at a busy street in Acapulco, Guerrero January 29, 2011.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A black plastic bag containing a mutilated body is pictured at a busy street in Acapulco, Guerrero January 29, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A black plastic bag containing a mutilated body is pictured at a busy street in Acapulco, Guerrero January 29, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A forensic worker holds a box with human remains exhumed from a mass grave at a cemetery on the outskirts of the border city of Ciudad Juarez, December 12, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

A forensic worker holds a box with human remains exhumed from a mass grave at a cemetery on the outskirts of the border city of Ciudad Juarez, December 12, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

A forensic worker holds a box with human remains exhumed from a mass grave at a cemetery on the outskirts of the border city of Ciudad Juarez, December 12, 2007. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>A man writes "Justice in memory of women and girls" on a pink cross as his son watches during an event to remember the women murdered in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas </p>

A man writes "Justice in memory of women and girls" on a pink cross as his son watches during an event to remember the women murdered in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

A man writes "Justice in memory of women and girls" on a pink cross as his son watches during an event to remember the women murdered in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

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<p>Tape used to cordon off a crime scene lies in a pool of blood in Ciudad Juarez January 31, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas </p>

Tape used to cordon off a crime scene lies in a pool of blood in Ciudad Juarez January 31, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

Tape used to cordon off a crime scene lies in a pool of blood in Ciudad Juarez January 31, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

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<p>A soldier stands guard next to people kidnapped by drug hitmen at a ranch near the municipality of Sabinas Hidalgo, some 100 km away from Monterrey April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

A soldier stands guard next to people kidnapped by drug hitmen at a ranch near the municipality of Sabinas Hidalgo, some 100 km away from Monterrey April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

A soldier stands guard next to people kidnapped by drug hitmen at a ranch near the municipality of Sabinas Hidalgo, some 100 km away from Monterrey April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>A couple embrace each other during a mass in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

A couple embrace each other during a mass in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

A couple embrace each other during a mass in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>A boy holds a flower during the funeral of 16-year-old Karina Ivette Delgado in Ciudad Juarez February 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Gael Gonzalez </p>

A boy holds a flower during the funeral of 16-year-old Karina Ivette Delgado in Ciudad Juarez February 3, 2011. REUTERS/Gael Gonzalez

A boy holds a flower during the funeral of 16-year-old Karina Ivette Delgado in Ciudad Juarez February 3, 2011. REUTERS/Gael Gonzalez

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<p>Major drug trafficker Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez is escorted by Mexican federal police during a news conference at the federal police center in Mexico City August 31, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero </p>

Major drug trafficker Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez is escorted by Mexican federal police during a news conference at the federal police center in Mexico City August 31, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Major drug trafficker Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez is escorted by Mexican federal police during a news conference at the federal police center in Mexico City August 31, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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<p>Youths inspect a crime scene in Tijuana, in Mexico's state of Baja California, October 9, 2008. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes </p>

Youths inspect a crime scene in Tijuana, in Mexico's state of Baja California, October 9, 2008. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

Youths inspect a crime scene in Tijuana, in Mexico's state of Baja California, October 9, 2008. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

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<p>Family members mourn for Sergio Hernandez in Ciudad Juarez June 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas </p>

Family members mourn for Sergio Hernandez in Ciudad Juarez June 9, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

Family members mourn for Sergio Hernandez in Ciudad Juarez June 9, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

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<p>Friends, colleagues and family members embrace while mourning the death of Luis Carlos Santiago during his funeral in Ciudad Juarez September 18, 2010. Santiago, a 21-year-old news photographer working with Juarez-based newspaper El Diario, was killed after an attack by gunmen. Santiago was driving a car with another photographer who was seriously injured in the attack, according to local media. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas </p>

Friends, colleagues and family members embrace while mourning the death of Luis Carlos Santiago during his funeral in Ciudad Juarez September 18, 2010. Santiago, a 21-year-old news photographer working with Juarez-based newspaper El Diario, was...more

Friends, colleagues and family members embrace while mourning the death of Luis Carlos Santiago during his funeral in Ciudad Juarez September 18, 2010. Santiago, a 21-year-old news photographer working with Juarez-based newspaper El Diario, was killed after an attack by gunmen. Santiago was driving a car with another photographer who was seriously injured in the attack, according to local media. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

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<p>Members of a drug gang are shown to the media at the Attorney General's office in the suburb of Escobedo, on the outskirts of Monterrey December 20, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

Members of a drug gang are shown to the media at the Attorney General's office in the suburb of Escobedo, on the outskirts of Monterrey December 20, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Members of a drug gang are shown to the media at the Attorney General's office in the suburb of Escobedo, on the outskirts of Monterrey December 20, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Different types of drugs are displayed in the Drugs Museum at the headquarters of the Mexican Ministry of Defense in Mexico City March 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez </p>

Different types of drugs are displayed in the Drugs Museum at the headquarters of the Mexican Ministry of Defense in Mexico City March 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

Different types of drugs are displayed in the Drugs Museum at the headquarters of the Mexican Ministry of Defense in Mexico City March 9, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

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<p>Hearses carrying the coffins of students who were killed at a high school birthday party drive into the cemetery in Ciudad Juarez February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas </p>

Hearses carrying the coffins of students who were killed at a high school birthday party drive into the cemetery in Ciudad Juarez February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

Hearses carrying the coffins of students who were killed at a high school birthday party drive into the cemetery in Ciudad Juarez February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

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<p>Crosses mark the burial site of unclaimed people, mostly victims of violent crimes, at the San Rafael cemetery on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez April 28, 2010.  REUTERS/Claudia Daut </p>

Crosses mark the burial site of unclaimed people, mostly victims of violent crimes, at the San Rafael cemetery on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez April 28, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

Crosses mark the burial site of unclaimed people, mostly victims of violent crimes, at the San Rafael cemetery on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez April 28, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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