On 7 October, Deutsche Welle reported that civil government institutions are losing the war against the criminal networks that appear to have infiltrated much of Mexico’s crucial maritime infrastructure, including ports and customs services. Mexican drug cartels have diversified their business model, which was formerly rooted in murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking. Now they are targeting sectors such as mining, logging and real estate, he says. To counter the threats, customs and port operations would be taken away from the civil servants in the Transportation Ministry and placed into the hands of army personnel.
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