Gangs from Central America on the rise in Mexico: Report

pistolThe Christian Science Monitor, 01/03/2014

An easing of tension among the largest Mexican criminal groups has been counteracted by the growing influx of Central America’s most notorious gangs, a development that, if continued, could challenge efforts to improve Mexican security for years to come.

As reported by El Diario, a new report from Mexico’s Justice Department details the growing links between the Central American Maras and the nation’s principal criminal groups. Gangs like Barrio 18 and Mara Salvatrucha perform a range of services for gangs like the Zetas, the Knights Templar, and the Familia Michoacana.

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