In Mexico, rising ‘mass crime’ defies security forces

  • In this July 11, 2017 file photo, smoke rises from a warehouse storing stolen fuel near Tepeaca, Puebla state, Mexico. A growing and troubling trend in Mexico is what’s being called “socialized” or “mass” crimes, like crowds looting supermarkets, robbing trains, tapping fuel pipelines and trying to free arrested criminal suspects. Whoever wins the July 1 presidential election will confront that problem, on top of rising homicides that have reached levels unseen in decades. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

TENANTLA, Mexico — Whoever wins Sunday’s presidential election will have to face not only Mexico’s drug cartels, but a new kind of crime involving whole neighborhoods defying police and military personnel.

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