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Five Mexican states have been issued with new travel advisories by the State Department that puts them on a footing with war-torn Yemen and Syria.
Sinaloa state, further up the coast, is the sole territory of El Chapo’s former gang which bears the state’s name as its own.
The Sinaloa cartel is considered one of – if not, the most – powerful criminal organization in the country.
In 2006, a drug cartel known as La Familia Michoacana begins to make its presence felt with gruesome displays of severed heads belonging to supposed rivals.
Drug cartels have taken advantage of the growing demand for heroin in the US.
Five Mexican states are now considered as unsafe for travel as Iraq, Syria, and Yemen
The U.S. State Department has just issued a “Do Not Travel” warning—its highest level of caution—to five states trapped in the middle of wars waged by drug cartels.
The five states are Tamaulipas (on the U.S. border), and Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, and Guerrero (on the Pacific coast).
Geography enthusiasts will note that this includes many of Mexico City’s suburbs as well as popular resort destinations like Acapulco, Mazatlán, and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.
The five states are known as hotspots of drug trafficking routes or drug-crop cultivation sites.
The BBC reports that preliminary figures suggest Mexico saw a record number of murders last year.ML
according to CLOSE The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning Wednesday advising Americans to avoid five states in Mexico, putting the regions at the same level of danger as war-torn Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.
In addition to the level 4 warnings, the State Department singles out 11 states for a level 3 warning, which urges people to “reconsider travel.”
The State Department warning did not raise the current level 2 warning for Baja California Sur or Quintana Roo, where two popular tourist destinations — Los Cabos and Cancun — are located.
The level 2 advisory calls on travelers to exercise caution but does not explicitly suggest they avoid the areas.
The new advisory is the first for Mexico under the State Department’s revamped system, announced Wednesday, for issuing travel warnings.
Mexico travel warning: U.S. urges citizens to avoid 5 Mexican states
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