Body of kidnapped mayor dumped in northern Mexico

Security forces have found the body of a slain mayor near Mexico’s richest city, days after he was abducted by hitmen in the latest attack on a public official by increasingly bold drug cartels.

President Felipe Calderon, who has staked his presidency on a faltering drug war, condemned the “cowardly assassination” of Edelmiro Cavazos, the mayor of a town on the outskirts of Monterrey, an industrial center with close U.S. business ties…

Cavazos, a 38-year-old, U.S.-educated mayor from Calderon’s conservative National Action Party, was found dumped on a rural road outside his town of Santiago. He was blindfolded and his hands were tied…

Alejandro Garza, the attorney general in the border state of Nuevo Leon, which includes Santiago and Monterrey, 140 miles from Texas, said Cavazos was shot three times and accused drug cartels of being responsible for the killing.

Nuevo Leon Governor Rodrigo Medina urged Calderon to send more troops to Monterrey and surrounding areas, echoing a plea from Mexican business groups published in newspapers across the country.

Medina said this week that Cavazos, who took office last year, was probably targeted for his efforts to clean up Santiago’s corrupt police force, part of a nationwide effort to curb endemic police graft

Santiago, a popular weekend getaway for Monterrey residents, has also become a staging post for drug gangs smuggling narcotics north into the United States. Many capos have taken refuge in mansions nestled in surrounding hills.

RTFA for the details. Not the murder. That’s bad enough.

Reflect that there are enough people profiting from the dollars dripping from the bloody hands of these gangsters, enough landlords, crooked cops and politicians skimming their percentage of graft – to keep away honest jobs for honest people.

The model isn’t new. It was perfected in the days of Al Capone. It had to be stopped back then. And it must be, now.

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