POSTED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 8:04am
NBC News — Mexico has deployed police and security reinforcements in a Mexico City suburb for the first time to combat the drug violence that has started to reach the capital. About 1000 soldiers, federal police and local police took to the suburban streets east of the capital, an area that has become a battleground in a dispute between two rival gangs. This deployment brings Mexico's drug war into the backyard of Mexico's government.
It follows the murder of a local congressman and a member of the PRI, the party that will assume power in December. Mexico City and the areas around it have been relatively immune to the to bloody turf wars that have plagued other parts of Mexico. Since Mexico's president launched a war on drug gangs six years ago, an estimated 60,000 people have died in drug related violence.