3-Battered state vows to solve Mexican security woes

Reuters, 8/28/11

Despite suffering one of the worst attacks on civilians in Mexico for years, the state of Nuevo Leon is undaunted because it believes a radical police overhaul will soon start winning the drug war.

In an interview with Reuters, Nuevo Leon Interior Minister Javier Trevino said the state had a plan to beat organized crime — starting with getting rid of half the police force, much of which had been corrupted by money from cartels.

“There are some municipalities here that used to have 800 (police officers) and now they have 80. Why? Because we started cleaning up and firing people and putting them in jail,” Trevino said late Saturday. “Then we started from scratch.”

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