Mexicon state falls to crime syndicate

Posted on October 17, 2011 by


From the AP:

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Friday that the violence-plagued Gulf coast state of Veracruz had been left in the hands of the brutal Zetas drug cartel.

Calderon has complained in the past that previous governments allowed Mexico’s cartel problems to grow and didn’t do enough to stop them. But he hasn’t previously suggested a state was largely turned over to traffickers…

“I believe Veracruz was left in the hands of the Zetas, I don’t know if it was involuntary, probably, I hope so,” said Calderon, who added that “if we hadn’t taken on organized crime, they would have taken over the country, I assure you.”