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The hold of Mexican drug traffickers has overflowed the country’s southern border, as the Zeta cartel has seized control of parts of northern Guatemala, leading the government there to declare a state of siege in the area.

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Mexican troops shot and killed Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa drug cartel, in a firefight Thursday. The U.S. had offered a $5 million reward for Coronel's capture.

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Twenty-seven politicians in the western Mexican state of Michoacan were arrested by police in the largest operation to target mayors and other officials in Mexico's drug war. The politicians are suspected of collaborating with the state's powerful narco-syndicates.

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