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Drugs, violence in Mexico, Central America fueled by demand in US

On his recent visit to Central America, President Obama stated that one of the main reasons that Central American countries have been greatly affected by drug trafficking is the high prevalence of poverty and lack of opportunities among their citizens (“Obama urges Mexico to take ‘its rightful place in the world,’ ” May 4). While these are certainly difficult challenges facing these countries, they are not the main factors behind the formation of powerful networks of organized crime entrenched in these societies.

We are kidding ourselves if we downplay the fact that the main cause for the existence of these criminal structures is the insatiable demand for drugs in our country.

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