Mexico’s bloody cartel realignment is intensifying in one of the country’s smallest states

1/23/17 Business Insider

colimaSpiraling violence in Mexico has largely been driven by the shifting dynamics of the drug trade, as large organizations break apart and new groups fight for territory and market share.

While levels of violence are high in many places, perhaps nowhere has the rise been as dramatic as in Colima, a small state tucked in the middle of Mexico’s Pacific coast, between Michoacan and Jalisco states.

According to official statistics, Colima, home to a little over 700,000 people, had 607 homicide victims in 2016 — a 221% increase over 2015’s 189 homicide victims.

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