MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the violence-plagued Gulf coast state of Veracruz had been "left in the hands of the Zetas," a hyper-violent drug cartel.Calderon has complained in the past that previous governments allowed the nation's drug cartel problems to grow and didn't do enough to stop them.But he hasn't previously suggested a state was largely turned over to traffickers.Calderon told a meeting of crime victims' groups Friday that it might have happened involuntarily, adding "I hope so."Veracruz has been hit by dozens of murders in recent weeks, including two mass killings in which 67 bodies were found.The state has been the scene of bloody battles between the Zetas and gunmen linked to the Sinaloa cartel.



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