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Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Migrates North

New York Times journalist Randal C. Archibold says that violence caused by Mexican drug cartels has spread across North America, reaching much farther north than the immediate U.S.-Mexico border.

In a Mar. 22 article for the Times, Archibold writes: "Law enforcement authorities say they believe traffickers distributing the cartels' marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs are responsible for a rash of shootings in Vancouver, British Columbia, kidnappings in Phoenix, brutal assaults in Birmingham, Ala., and much more."

Although violence from drug trafficking is on the rise in the U.S., Archibold says the problem is even worse in Mexico, where more than 7,000 people have died since January 2008 and where torture and beheadings have become common.

Archibold is a national correspondent for The New York Times. He previously reported and edited for The Los Angeles Times.

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