Drug violence has killed more than 7,000 in Mexico since January 2008—and now it’s spreading into the US, the New York Times reports. Home-invasion investigators in Arizona have seen 200 cases since their squad formed last year, and violence has reached across the continent: there have been assaults in Birmingham, kidnappings in Phoenix, and shootings in Vancouver.
Mexican cartels and their allies work in some 230 cities from Anchorage to Boston, more than twice the number 3 years before, a Justice department report said in December. “The amount of violence has drastically increased in the last 6 to 12 months, especially in the area of home invasions,” said a police officer from Arizona. “The people we have arrested, a high percentage are from Mexico.”