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August 10, 2008 6:00 AM

Mexico's drug traffickers set their sights on top officials

When Mexican Congressman David Figueroa abruptly dropped out of the race to be governor of Sonora state and was hurriedly approved as the country's new consul general in San Jose, Calif., it highlighted an alarming trend: Mexico's drug cartels, which have long targeted local officials, are now striking at higher-level ones, particularly those close to President Felipe Calderon.

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