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Mexico creates force for economic crime

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.

Drug gangs have long penetrated some Mexican mining and agricultural sectors, but officials now reveal that everyone from fishermen to tourist resorts to banana growers have been hit by the wave of extortion, kidnapping and thefts by the gangs.

The new force, known as the gendarmerie, will be a division of the federal police and will be sent to areas where there is an organized crime presence and there is no economic activity because production is being restricted by the criminals.

Source: AP