US, Mexico, Guatemala form anti-crime alliance

File picture shows Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez at a press conference on September 29, 2013 in Guatemala CityThe governments of the United States, Mexico and Guatemala formed a special body to fight drug trafficking and organized crime. The Trilateral Security Desk evaluates intelligence and border risks to combat human trafficking and the smuggling of illegal weapons and drugs in the region, Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez told reporters. During the group’s first meeting, at a hotel in Guatemala City, officials set a roadmap to meet security objectives. Guatemala is suffering from a wave of violence that has caused about 6,000 deaths, nearly half of them attributed to drugs and the operations of powerful Mexican cartels supported by local drug lords.

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