Mexico City feels the heat of rising drug crime

8/7/2017 Financial Times
gun - crime sceneAs the casket was carried through the cemetery, throngs of admirers chanted a common Mexican refrain: “We see it, we feel it, Felipe is present!”

Police say drug lord Felipe de Jesús Pérez Luna, better known as “El Ojos” (The Eyes), was responsible for at least 60 murders and ran an empire of drug dealing, extorting and kidnapping.

On July 20, marines descended on El Ojos and seven of his men. All were killed.

Eight dead narcos? An unremarkable headline in Mexico after a decade of the drug war. Except this time it was happening in Mexico’s hip capital.

El Ojos’ organisation “was broad, violent and had grown beyond the borders of the Tláhuac borough”, says Miguel Angel Mancera, Mexico City mayor. “But from my point of view, it did not have the kind of structure of the groups we call cartels.”

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