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Juárez is the newest narcotics war zone
Sean Mattson: Express-News
CHIHUAHUA, Mexico — The latest hot zone in the country's unending drug wars is El Paso's neighbor, Ciudad Juárez. The border city has claimed the bulk of Chihuahua state's nation-leading 150 gangland slayings in the first 21/2 months of the year.
In Guadalajara, seven people were shot dead Thursday at the office of a law firm whose principals counted accused drug gangsters and corrupt officials among their clients.
Two men were discovered shot to death Friday afternoon on a downtown Juarez street, their bodies left in a truck bearing Texas license plates.
Gangland violence had waned in Ciudad Juárez in recent years as the bosses of the city's drug-smuggling organizations were killed or arrested.
At least nine police officers have been killed in attacks in the city this year, including a lieutenant on Friday, according to news reports.
Rodolfo Acosta, the chief justice of the state's supreme court, said judges are rethinking their security and considering bodyguards. A state judge who tried organized crime-related cases in the border state of Nuevo León was slain earlier this year.