Mexican President Felipe Calderón.
Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

Mexican Drug War Heats Up Over The Weekend; 25 Dead in Juarez & “El Grande” Captured

September 13, 2010 By Staff

Mexican President Felipe Calderón.

Today in Latin America

Top Story — As Mexico celebrates the bicentennial of its independence from Spain this year, it is also in the midsts of a violent conflict.

Over the past weekend the country saw a proliferation of violence, including the slaying of 25 people in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and a prison break that saw 85 inmates escape.

Also in Ciudad Juarez, Mexican authorities carried out the controlled detonation of a car bomb, after receiving a phone tip leading police to a dead body in a car and ultimately a second car containing the bomb.

On Sunday, Mexican marines captured an alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva Cartel in the central state of Puebla.

Sergio Villarreal Barragan, also know as “El Grande”, was arrested along with two accomplices in the city of Puebla.

Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Friday said that the United States was responsible for much of the security problems that plague Mexico.

“We live next to the world’s largest drug consumer, and all the world wants to sell them drugs through our door and our window. And we live next to the world’s largest arms seller, which is supplying the criminals,” Calderón said, according to CNN.

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