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Mexico cartels go from drugs to full-scale mafias

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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009 2:15 pm | Updated: 1:37 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Shopkeepers in this pine-covered mountain region easily recite the list of "protection" fees they pay to La Familia drug cartel to stay in business: 100 pesos a month for a stall in a street market, 30,000 pesos for an auto dealership or construction-supply firm.

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