Matalon: A top police narcotics investigator is laid to rest in Tijuana. As his grieving family looks on, dozens of policemen yell in unison. ï¿½My Boss, My Bossï¿½ the men yell. This was one of more than a dozen funerals held this week as Mexico's police and Army do battle across the country with the Sinaloa and Gulf drug cartels.
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The cartels are also squaring off against each other. On a single day last week, 17 corpses -- bound, gagged and shot to death -- were found across Mexico. Police say all were victims of a group of Army deserters who now work as enforcers for the cartels. Last week in Tijuana, schools and neighborhoods were evacuated as a firefight broke out when the Army tried to arrest a man they'd sought for months, a senior cartel gunman and money-launderer. He escaped ï¿½apparently after being tipped off by local police, but was caught a few days later. During the shootout, 2 children and the wife of a police officer were murdered, apparently in retaliation for the arrests of cartel members days earlier.
Ana Maria Salazar is a former U.S. Undersecretary of Defense in charge of anti-narcotics operations in the Clinton Administration. She now works as a political consultant in Mexico.