MEXICO CITY – The Mexican military has deployed troops to a suburb in Mexico’s capital for the first time as part it its fight against drug-related violence that is getting closer to the heart of the city.
A force of about 1,000 soldiers, federal police and local police on Sept. 19 was stationed on the streets of Nezahualcóyotl, which had become the site of a fight between two rival drug cartels.
The deployment comes after the Sept. 16 murder of Jaime Serrano, a local state congressman and member of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
Numerous Nezahualcóyotl residents said they’re being extorted by those claiming to be part of the La Familia cartel.
Mexico City and its surroundings have been among the areas least affected by the turf wars among gangs and drug cartels over control of the local narcotics market and lucrative smuggling routes.
[Reuters (Mexico), 20/09/2012; Alto Nível (Mexico), 20/09/2012; Terra (Mexico), 20/09/2012]