Gotta Watch: Mexico's drug war
Mexican police investigate a violent incident in Juarez, Mexico.
June 14th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Mexico's drug war

U.S. lawmakers are now calling for tougher firearms regulations after a report showed that more than 70% of Mexico's drug cartel weapons come from the United States. Violence associated with drug cartels has been a growing problem in Mexico, resulting in thousands of deaths. One of the more prominent ones was that of Mexican police chief, Martin Castro. His head was delivered to his colleagues in an ice box with a message from a powerful drug cartel in the region.  In today's Gotta Watch, we feature some of our more compelling stories highlighting the continued violence stemming from drug cartels in Mexico.

Mexico's 'bravest woman' - When 20-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia became police chief in one the deadliest parts of the world, she was dubbed the “bravest woman in all of Mexico.” Her predecessor had been beheaded, and it was a job no one was willing to take. Now, she’s left the only place she knows – a place where beheadings, shootings and gangland killings have become commonplace.

Mexico's 'valley of death' - Earlier this year, CNN's Thelma Gutierrez went to a border town called the Juarez Valley. It's prime real estate for the cartels because of its close proximity to the U.S. and easy access to modes of transportation.  Cartel gunman target entire towns in the valley in attemps to secure trafficking routes, and the valley is quickly becoming a ghost town.

Teacher hailed as hero - This amateur video says it all.  It was shot by a kindergarten teacher who got her students singing songs to distract them while suspected cartel members exchanged fire right outside the school. What's the most shocking about this video is that it took place in city once known for being the safest in Mexico.

Rare look inside drug tunnel - CNN's Anderson Cooper has an exclusive look inside a Mexico border tunnel that's so big it has it's own rail network.

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  1. NR214

    Good to see CNN making an effort to cover events in Mexico. Here's an eye opening article:

    June 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wat bs

    The US government is where the Mexican drug cartel got most of their weapons through the ATF's operation fast and furious. Look it up

    June 14, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Justin

    The only export to mexico thats killing people is the idea that the "drug war" is morally justified. Guns will find their way to anywhere there is money to be made through violence. what causes violence is the prohibition of human wants, and so long as those wants dont harm others there is no moral justification for using force. only violence should be met with violence. Crushing the "Drug cartels" is a noble goal, but do it to bring justice to the innocents that suffer, not to push the bigoted ideal that people shouldnt be allowed to choose what enters their body.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Man

      EXACTLY! but were live in the land of the FREE? RIGHT?

      June 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bobbb

    If mexico submitted 70% of those almost 30,000 wapons to the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for tracing by the Mexican government then aparently there were more and even of the ones Mexico thought came from the US almost a third of them didn't. Then where did those 10,000 or so weapons come from? And how many more were there that weren't turned in to the US? Where did they come from?

    June 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobbb

      and the corresponding question we should be asking is how much of the drugs in the US come from or through MEXICO?

      June 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • idea

      There are guns in Mexico too. Alot of the men in Mexico carry guns.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mar 5

    Perhaps it is time to send in US troop to give these terrorists what they deserve. Stopping the flow of guns will not stop the violence. They will simpl get guns from elsewhere or will strat using IED`s.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. idea

    Mexico has oil. Get the idea? Start a war with Mexico and take over the oil. They start a war by calling them terrorists.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ian

    Just another attempt to disarm the american public and deprive them of second amendment rights. How come we treat this country like a retarded child. We always blame the U.S side for mexico's problems. The problems not the guns, its a criminal cartel. Send someone down to Mexico with a gun and kill all the criminal cartels!!!!!!!!!!!!! no more problems. Its the corrupt Mexican thought process, not guns. Can't wait to get these liberals out of office and get a real warrior back in charge. God Bless American Gun Ownesr, and the American Solider.

    June 15, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • felipe

      you ignorant red neck, the second amendment was made during the time when the US relied on state militias for national defense. these militias recieved very little funding and arms and victuals were provided by the militiamen themselves hence the need for legal ownership of guns. with the largest standing army in the world to protect us now in this current day, what need do you have for a gun? i understand if you want a shotgun to hunt or a pistol for home defense but is an assault rifle really necessary?the one and only reason assault rifles are made is to kill.

      June 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fred

    Mexican authorities have confiscated 30,000 guns belonging to druggies. 20,000 of the guns were made the USA.. Nafta works after all.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. fred

    Guns and drugs go good together. Store bought guns and pharmaceuticals or black market guns and street drugs...all go good together and should all be legal. Looks like we're going to be a society of gun carrying dopers after all. Freaking hippoes started all this back in the 60s. wtg idiots.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Man

      WRONG dummy! the prohibition started this. don't be an idiot! Your telling me flowerchildren wanted 30,000 guns to kill and mame? Nazi! get a clue!

      June 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Selected reporting

    Wow! It amazes me how CNN forget to report the little detail that the Obama admistration was the one that knowinly left the weapons to fall in the drugs cartel hands with the Fast & Furious operation...but is CNN

    June 15, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. felipe

    ive been to mexico recently during winter and am going back this july and truth is, its not dangerous in the entire country, just in the hot spots that most people are familiar with. However, its still a dangerous situation for the country and its impeding mexico from focusing on improving its economy. That being said, the fact is that the US needs to do more to help mexico stabilize its security situation and no im not blaming the US for mexicos problems. However, the drug cartels make their money off american drug addicts and are mostly armed by american gun stores. The US needs to put more funding into rehab centers, decriminalize marijuana, and put a ban on assault rifles and other military-grade weaponry. Similarly, Mexico needs to also put more funding into rehab centers as well decriminalize marijuana and maybe small amounts of cocaine as well. Mexico also needs a overhaul of its judicial system and drastically raise the salaries of its soldiers and federal police and to emphasize loyalty to the country and her laws during training for these men. Instead of sending aid to countries that do not deserve it, aid should be sent to mexico, which needs it. Its in the US' best interest for a stable mexico. A stable mexico could then focus on improving its economy and raising the standard of living of its people, which in turn would reduce illegal immigration.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hugh Man

    Comments are not pre-screened before they post. <--– BS! YES, THEY ARE! LIARS!

    June 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OregonTom

    If Mexico would allow it's citizens to have have firearms citizens could fight back. If a gang moved into my neighbourhood we would kill them all then call 911. Yes I am dead serious.

    June 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • chicano

      Easy to talk a big game when your not living in the $h!tstorm. Im 110% positive that you wouldnt do a damn thing but move away if the mexico cartels moved into your neighborhood and no police to help you.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tarek Trad

    Let them have all the American weapons they can buy. Mexico needs a change in government and Mexican culture is corrupt, disgusting, and lazy. I have seen it first hand and it is destroying the United States and everything good about it. Let them wipe each other out. – Tarek Trad

    July 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dandy

    They should issue a shotgun and ammunition to every able bodied Mexican adult .. that way it won't be just the drug cartels that are armed. Then the next time gang members open up on civilians they won't be unarmed.. These cowards shoot because no one shoots back. They need to equalize the situation and put the people in power. The drug cartels will quickly go away when all of the civilians take up arms against them.

    July 21, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
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