Drug War Mexico Five Years Later

December 10, 2011 - 10:55 AM
ADVANCE FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, DEC. 11, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2010 file photo, friends and relatives of Sotero Reyes Ricario, one of the 14 victims of a shootout on two private homes during a teenage birthday party, mourn over his coffin at a funeral service in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Five years after President Felipe Calderon launched his assault on organized crime, about 45,000 troops have been deployed, plus several thousand more from the Navy infantry, or marines. More than 45,000 people have been killed by several counts, though the government stopped giving figures on drug war dead when they hit nearly 35,000 a year ago. Still, the flow of drugs continues unabated into the U.S. while arms and money flow into Mexico.(AP Photo/Raymundo Ruiz, File)