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A police officer stands guard as state prosecutors inspect a pickup truck found abandoned with the bodies of six men, some of them decapitated, which are thought to have been killed by alleged traffickers of a rival cartel, in the Morelos neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico, on March 6, 2018. Mexico has suffered a wave of violence linked to drug trafficking that has intensified in recent years. (Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer stands guard as state prosecutors inspect a pickup truck found abandoned with the bodies of six men, some of them decapitated, which are thought to have been killed by alleged traffickers of a rival cartel, in the Morelos neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico, on March 6, 2018. Mexico has suffered a wave of violence linked to drug trafficking that has intensified in recent years. (Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mexico's presidential campaign season is underway and one of the issues candidates are grappling with is a surge in violence related to drug cartels. There were more than 29,000 killings last year in Mexico, the most since the government started taking comparable records in 1997.

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with Alfredo Corchado (@ajcorchado), correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and author of "Midnight in Mexico."

This segment aired on April 5, 2018.

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