U.S. Heroin Trade Rooted in Mexico’s ‘Corridor of Death’

Peace and Freedom

Drug gangs and graft conspire to turn one Mexican state into a violent and dominant force in the drugs trade

Soldiers destroy poppies during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico, Mexico April 18, 2017.
HENRY ROMERO | REUTERS
Soldiers destroy poppies during a military operation in the municipality of Coyuca de Catatlan in Mexico, Mexico April 18, 2017.
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Aug. 4, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico—A lethal combination of corruption and criminal gangs fighting for control of a booming heroin trade has turned one two-lane road in Mexico’s Guerrero state into what many call “the corridor of death.”

The road links Chilpancingo, the Pacific Coast state’s capital, to heroin-producing mountains nearby, where rival gangs are vying for a bigger share of the lucrative heroin market in the U.S. Nearly 1,200 people were killed in the state this year through June after 2,200 died last year. Officials say nearly all were linked to organized crime.

The bloodshed…

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