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Slate: Meet the Narcos

Author: Susana Seijas
April 14, 2009

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Susana Seijas chronicles the Mexican government's history with certain notorious narcotics traffickers.

Excerpt: Severed heads rolled into a packed nightclub. A headless body found hanging from a bridge. An army general tortured and killed. An anti-kidnapping expert kidnapped. Banners on highway overpasses threatening assassination of police officers. Dissolved bodies discovered in vats of acid. Women and children killed in shootouts. This is not exactly the best way to capture the hearts and minds of a nation that is making international headlines because of its gruesome drug violence.

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