2012-09-22 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) A combined one thousand strong task force of troops and police have been sent to patrol the streets of a suburb to the East of Mexico City.
Cuidand Neza is currently at the epicentre of a murderous feud between the Michocan family drug cartel and the infamous as well as ferocious Zetas. Local Federal Deputy in Congress Jaime Serrano was stabbed to death there last weekend, and people are complaining about being intimidated and extorted by street gangs.
The place has been dubbed Neza York, because it's a sprawling metropolis and drug related crime there is soaring. A significant proportion of the international ex pat community in Mexico, live in and around the capitol, or within a close outlying radius.
The six year Drug War now affects the length and breadth of the country. The government is no longer supplying statistics concerning the mounting death toll, which can be calculated in the tens of thousands.
Listen to regional correspondent James Blears’ full report: