POSTED: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 7:04am
NBC News — The Mexican city of Torreon, less than 300 miles from the U.S. border, was once a center of manufacturing, farming and mining, but it is now dominated by a drug gang. The Zetas, widely seen as the most brutal drug gang in Mexico, have terrorized the city and the surrounding area. Violence is a fact of life in the city.
There have been massacres at drug rehab clinics, severed heads have been found in bags and gunfights have erupted at a soccer stadium. A local newspaper reported there were 830 homicides in the first nine months of this year. There were 990 in all of 2011. Many people believe the only way to clean up the city is to cut a deal with the Zetas' chief rivals, the Sinaloa drug gang.