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Culiacan, Mexico, feels the pain of a drug-induced recession

The Mexican government’s crackdown on drug traffickers has sent the big players underground, along with all their free-flowing dollars.
By Tracy Wilkinson
October 21, 2008
Reported from Culiacan, Mexico — A ruby-red Hummer glistened idly on the quiet showroom floor, its only visitor a janitor polishing its doors and bumpers. The dealership had no customers.

Sales are down here and at scores of businesses across this western Mexico city. But this recession has nothing to do with stock-index dives on Wall Street, the weak peso or collapsing banks. This is a narco-recession.

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