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Mexico enjoys the distinction of having one of the world’s most vibrant economies and is a favored tourist destination by many, with millions of international visits per year. However, the country has become infamous for less favorable reasons lately. Mexico has been ravaged by violence due to the ongoing Mexican Drug War, which was sparked in September 2006 in a most chilling fashion.

Even with the United States offering assistance to combat the powerful drug lords, Mexican drug cartels making billions in the coke and weed trade are sending clear messages that they will not be easily vanquished. Mexico is the number one supplier in the world for marijuana, with tons of the product making its way across U.S. borders. At one time, the country bested Bolivia in cocaine production, another drug that has ravaged the States for the past three decades. Heroin, human trafficking and prostitution are all also hallmarks of the drug cartels, with U.S. authorities working in tandem with Mexican officials to keep the practices at bay. Hip-Hop Wired has compiled a listing of some of the most heinous acts in Mexico due to the five-year drug war. A warning: some of the imagery is gruesome.

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