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In just about a week, 42 civilians have lost their lives in Mexico at the hands of drug gangs. That’s the body count for just three incidents.

And like over the weekend, the victims of the most recent mass murder, just north of Guadalajara, were patients in a drug rehab program.

Gunmen massacred more than a dozen recovering addicts at a car wash in Mexico, where drug gangs are so feared that the entire police force in one small town resigned.

Wednesday’s drive-by slaughter in Tepic, in which 15 people were killed, was the third mass killing in less than a week, following ambushes of a birthday party and a rehab clinic that killed 27 people.

It came a day after three undercover Mexican federal police officers were gunned down on a bridge that connects El Paso, Tex., to violence-racked Ciudad Juarez.

And in another sign of the lawlessness that reigns in border areas, a Chihuahua state police officer was found murdered in his home Wednesday, officials said.

Yeah, it’s really real. Even one-time isn’t safe.

On Monday night, gunmen fired more than 1,000 bullets and flung six grenades at the new headquarters of the 14-man police force in Los Ramones.

Every officer quit in fear after the 20-minute shooting spree that destroyed six vehicles and left the station pocked with bullet holes.

In Ciudad Juarez, at least 115 cops have been killed this year. Thirty-two were federal cops, who took over security from the military for the city of 1.5 million.

SMH. Can law enforcement ever get back to winning down there?




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