U.S. Warns About Mexico Drug Violence
September 21, 2006
U.S. State Department is warning travelers about
"brutal" drug-related violence sweeping many
regions of Mexico, the
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sept. 19.
The warning singled out
across the border from Laredo, Texas, as one of
the most dangerous places for American travelers
to Mexico; the city has become a battleground in
a turf war between the Gulf and Sinaloa drug
"U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Mexico
should exercise extreme caution when in
unfamiliar areas and be aware of their
surroundings at all times," the warning
noted. "Public sources suggest that
narcotics-related violence has claimed 1,500
lives in Mexico this year." Execution-style
killings and kidnappings have targeted U.S.
citizens as well as Mexicans, the State
"U.S. citizens have also been victims of random
shootings on major highways outside Mexico City,
Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana and other areas throughout
Mexico," the warning said.
officials and anti-drug agents disagree over
whether the drug violence has spilled over to
U.S. side of the border.