Drug Wars

Mexico’s Top Cop Resigns

Mexico’s efforts to rein in its drug lords suffered a blow when Gerardo Garay, head of the federal police, resigned under suspicion that he worked for a major cartel, The Guardian reports. Drug violence in Mexico is rampant as gangs jockey for cocaine-trafficking routes from Colombia. This year there have been nearly 4,000 drug-related execution-style murders. Garay became Mexico’s top cop after a hired assassin killed his predecessor. Now, press reports have linked the Sinaloa cartel to one of Garay’s closest lieutenants. “I am resigning because the bloody fight against organized crime makes it our duty to strengthen institutions,” Garay said, “which means it is essential to eliminate any shadows of doubt regarding me.”