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The Violent Gang Wars Behind
Your Super Bowl Guacamole

Wall Street Journal, by Jose de Cordoba

Original Article

Posted By:Judy W., 2/2/2014 7:52:21 AM

TANCÍTARO, Mexico—Super Bowl Sunday is a big deal in this remote and seemingly peaceful mountain town, whose entrance is marked by a statue of an avocado. (Snip) But for the past few years, a good chunk of the profits has gone to a violent criminal gang that made millions of dollars extorting avocado farmers and packinghouse operators while strong-arming groves from landowners, said residents and local officials who recently began fighting back. Four of every five avocados sold in the U.S. originate in Tancítaro´s home state of Michoacán, the only Mexican state certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/2/2014 8:25:38 AM     (No. 9715602)

I grieve for the Mexico that used to be. Over my long life, I´ve spent many travel days all over Mexico and loved each of them. I never felt endangered but instead felt welcomed. I retain an affection for the country and the people. But, I don´t know if the drug cartels have destroyed it all, forever and always.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: VeteranAmerican, 2/2/2014 8:41:35 AM     (No. 9715627)

They need to raise the minimum wage to $15 then all these problems will go away

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JimS, 2/2/2014 9:16:23 AM     (No. 9715689)

How long after our open-border, amnesty for all policies will it take to have a local chapter of the Knights Templars in your neighborhood?

I honestly think we should copy the model of the vigilantes in Tancetaro, and drive out the thugs, extortionists, thieves and criminals in Washington DC.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/2/2014 9:28:13 AM     (No. 9715713)

They are here, #3, invading neighborhoods in Texas border towns to exact revenge, growing marijuana in our national forests and parks. They are here.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: RancherJack, 2/2/2014 11:49:47 AM     (No. 9715931)

The Mexican gangs are cutouts for a much larger war between Northeastern families still in control of the world´s supply of illegal drugs.

The names Perkins, Russell, Delano, Forbes mean nothing to almost nobody and more´s the pity.

You do not recognize the names of your Masters.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: franq, 2/2/2014 2:30:35 PM     (No. 9716108)

The obvious solution is to legalize avocados.

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