Mexico Wimp No More

Once derided as a political weakling, Salinas is tackling corruption, drugs and foreign debt, but the economy is still in desperate shape

Late on the morning of Saturday, April 8, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, Mexico's most notorious drug trafficker, awoke with a stomachache. It was a telling omen. As Felix Gallardo pulled open the bedroom curtains of his house in Guadalajara, two police lookouts from a twelve-man task force gave the signal. The agents jumped over a neighbor's wall and broke down the back door, surprising Felix Gallardo on the staircase of his two-story home. He was still in his pajamas. Pinned to the floor, he begged his captors to kill him. When they refused, he offered them $5 million in exchange for...

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