MEXICO: San Pedro’s big mayor

Franc Contreras reports for Al Jazeera on Mauricio Fernandez, mayor of Mexico’s wealthiest town, San Pedro Garza Garcia, near Monterrey, and a larger-than-life guy from one of the country’s elite families.

Fernandez highlights a huge problem facing Mexico that the drug war has made clearer than ever: the weakness of local government and institutions, and thus the inability of local authorities to play any role in the fight against crime.

Fernandez, some say, is using connections to drug cartels to keep crime low.

But the main issue is that local police and criminal justice system in Mexico is simply unarmed, unfunded, often incompetent and hardly a weapon in the fight against narcotics traffickers and criminal gangs.

A different approach to covering the drug war. … Good job, Franc!

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