The proof is in the numbers when it comes to drug cartel-related deaths in 2011, according to the government of Mexico. The Mexican government says almost 13,000 people were killed in the first three quarters of 2011 because of drug violence. Most of those deaths are believed to be because of fighting among cartels. Innocent bystanders, police and military are sometime caught up in the shootings.
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Is there destabilization there? U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) believes there may be. “In some sections I think it’s a fact, but they have stepped in on a federal basis, even with their army when necessary, and federal police, to take control of those sections where local law enforcement has completely disintegrated,” Durbin said. Durbin says its American’s appetite for drugs that is fueling the wars among cartels. He says the U.S. Department of Justice is working with the government of Mexico and positive strides are being made, but some sections of Mexico are “out of control.”