Mexico launches new police force to guard commerce

Mexican avocados, on their journey to guacamole bowls the world over, often first pass through cartel-controlled farmlands, where extortion can raise prices, drag down the economy and put farmers at risk.

The same goes for limes from Michoacan, sorghum from Tamaulipas, shrimp from Sinaloa.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday announced the inauguration of a new police unit intended to protect the production chain and take on other unorthodox assignments.

Nieto said Friday that the new force will “serve and protect Mexicans in areas where it is needed, or where institutions are weak.” SEE MORE…

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