The state of Guerrero in southern Mexico doesn't have the "capacity to confront organized crime," according to its attorney general, Xavier Olea. His comments highlight a perennial problem in the region: inefficient justice systems riddled with corruption, unable to handle the criminal challenges they face.
The murder of a Chihuahua-based correspondent marks the third killing of a journalist in Mexico this month, a wave of targeted violence for which organized crime may be responsible that also reflects more general trends of rising insecurity.
A little-known drug trafficking group in Mexico called "Las Moicas" has not only successfully defended its foothold in the US heroin market for years against Mexico's most powerful cartels, but recent reports suggest that it might be expanding.
Organized crime groups are extorting Mexico's federal electricity company, highlighting the ways in which criminal organizations are exploiting the state's weakness to increase their revenues.