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    Posted: 3/6/2012 6:50:47 PM EST
    Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli, left, walks with Mireya Aguero, Honduran deputy foreign affairs minister, upon his arrival at the air force base in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday March, 6, 2012. Martinelli along with other Central Americans leaders arrived in Honduras to meet with Vice President Joe Biden who is in the country for a one-day official visit. The vice president's two-day trip to Mexico and Honduras comes amid calls by many of the region's leaders to discuss decriminalizing drugs as a way to ease a vicious war on cartels that has left Latin America bloodied. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
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    Posted: 3/6/2012 6:50:47 PM EST
    Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Honduras President Porfirio Lobo upon his arrival to Presidential House in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday March, 6, 2012. Biden is on a one-day official visit to Honduras. Biden's two-day trip to Mexico and Honduras comes amid calls by many of the region's leaders to discuss decriminalizing drugs as a way to ease a vicious war on cartels that has left Latin America bloodied. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Valladares, Honduras Presidential House)
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    Posted: 3/6/2012 6:50:47 PM EST
    Vice President Joe Biden, left, talks with Honduras President Porfirio Lobo during a meeting at Presidential House in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday March, 6, 2012. Biden is on a one-day official visit to Honduras. The vice president's two-day trip to Mexico and Honduras comes amid calls by many of the region's leaders to discuss decriminalizing drugs as a way to ease a vicious war on cartels that has left Latin America bloodied. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Valladares, Honduras Presidential House)
  •  - Prison guards salute during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste

    Prison guards salute during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste

    Posted: 2/29/2012 3:43:54 PM EST
    Prison guards salute during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste (Northwest) in El Rincon in the state of Nayarit February 28, 2012. Two new extensions of the federal prison were inaugurated on Tuesday and the prison will now be able to house 2000 federal prisoners. In Mexico, prisoners held on federal drug charges are mixed with common criminals and the system is troubled by violence tied to the powerful drug cartels battling for control of smuggling routes along the U.S.-Mexican border.Picture taken February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - Prison guards march in a courtyard during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste

    Prison guards march in a courtyard during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste

    Posted: 2/29/2012 3:41:54 PM EST
    Prison guards march in a courtyard during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste (Northwest) in El Rincon in the state of Nayarit February 28, 2012. Two new extensions of the federal prison were inaugurated on Tuesday and the prison will now be able to house 2000 federal prisoners. In Mexico, prisoners held on federal drug charges are mixed with common criminals and the system is troubled by violence tied to the powerful drug cartels battling for control of smuggling routes along the U.S.-Mexican border. Picture taken February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya (MEXICO - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - A cameraman films a cell during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste

    A cameraman films a cell during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste

    Posted: 2/29/2012 3:39:07 PM EST
    A cameraman films a cell during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste (Northwest) in El Rincon in the state of Nayarit February 28, 2012. Two new extensions of the federal prison were inaugurated on Tuesday and the prison will now be able to house 2000 federal prisoners. In Mexico, prisoners held on federal drug charges are mixed with common criminals and the system is troubled by violence tied to the powerful drug cartels battling for control of smuggling routes along the U.S.-Mexican border. Picture taken February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya (MEXICO - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - A federal police band plays the national anthem during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste

    A federal police band plays the national anthem during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste

    Posted: 2/29/2012 3:37:33 PM EST
    A federal police band plays the national anthem during the inauguration of new extensions in the high security prison Noroeste (Northwest) in El Rincon in the state of Nayarit February 28, 2012. Two new extensions of the federal prison were inaugurated on Tuesday and the prison will now be able to house 2000 federal prisoners. In Mexico, prisoners held on federal drug charges are mixed with common criminals and the system is troubled by violence tied to the powerful drug cartels battling for control of smuggling routes along the U.S.-Mexican border.Picture taken February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya (MEXICO - Tags: CRIME LAW)
  •  - A worker looks as a crane positions a concrete wall in the prison Noroeste (Northwest) in El Rincon in the state of Nayarit

    A worker looks as a crane positions a concrete wall in the prison Noroeste (Northwest) in El Rincon in the state of Nayarit

    Posted: 2/29/2012 3:35:03 PM EST
    A worker looks as a crane positions a concrete wall in the high security prison Noroeste (Northwest) in El Rincon in the state of Nayarit February 28, 2012. Two new areas of the federal prison were inaugurated on Tuesday and the prison will now be able to house 2000 federal prisoners. In Mexico, prisoners held on federal drug charges are mixed with common criminals and the system is troubled by violence tied to the powerful drug cartels battling for control of smuggling routes along the U.S.-Mexican border. Picture taken February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
  •  - Soldiers stand guard at a military checkpoint in San Salvador

    Soldiers stand guard at a military checkpoint in San Salvador

    Posted: 2/16/2012 11:28:11 AM EST
    Soldiers stand guard at a military checkpoint in San Salvador January 12, 2012. As Mexican cartels are moving into Central America, this forces governments to call in army troops to support local law enforcements efforts against drug trafficking. Drug gangs have also established connections with local kingpins and gangs, known as Maras, increasing the levels of violence in the area. Picture taken January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Leonardo Baldovinos (EL SALVADOR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW MILITARY DRUGS SOCIETY)
  •  - A soldier stands guard as a policeman searches men for drugs and weapons during an operation in San Salvador

    A soldier stands guard as a policeman searches men for drugs and weapons during an operation in San Salvador

    Posted: 2/16/2012 11:26:05 AM EST
    A soldier stands guard as a policeman searches men for drugs and weapons during an operation in San Salvador January 23, 2012. As Mexican cartels are moving into Central America, this forces governments to call in army troops to support local law enforcements efforts against drug trafficking. Drug gangs have also established connections with local kingpins and gangs, known as Maras, increasing the levels of violence in the area. Picture taken January 23, 2012. REUTERS/Leonardo Baldovinos (EL SALVADOR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW MILITARY DRUGS SOCIETY)
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    Posted: 2/14/2012 9:35:47 PM EST
    Guatemala's President Otto Pérez Molina answers a question during a news conference with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes, where they addressed issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime in Guatemala City, Monday Feb. 13, 2012. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:05:48 AM EST
    In this picture taken Tuesday Feb. 7, 2012, a woman and her daughter watch investigators work a crime scene where a man was shot to death in Guatemala City. President Otto Pérez Molina will meet on Monday with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes to address issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:05:48 AM EST
    In this picture taken Saturday Feb. 11, 2012, a firefighter stands next to the body of Alberto Archila, 35, shot to death as vendors clear the area for investigators to work the crime scene in Guatemala City. President Otto Pérez Molina will meet on Monday with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes to address issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:05:48 AM EST
    In this picture taken Tuesday Feb. 7, 2012, neighbors gather to watch investigators work a crime scene where a man was shot to death in Guatemala City. President Otto Pérez Molina will meet on Monday with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes to address issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:05:48 AM EST
    In this picture taken Tuesday Feb. 7, 2012, relatives mourn the death of a relative shot to death in Guatemala City. President Otto Pérez Molina will meet on Monday with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes to address issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:05:48 AM EST
    EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT - In this picture taken Tuesday Feb. 7, 2012, a mother covers her son's eye to prevent him from seeing the body of a man who was shot to death, lying on a street in Guatemala City. President Otto Pérez Molina will meet on Monday with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes to address issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:05:48 AM EST
    In this picture taken Thursday Jan. 26, 2012, a man lies handcuffed in a court parking lot after being detained in Guatemala City. President Otto Pérez Molina will meet on Monday with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes to address issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:05:48 AM EST
    In this picture taken Tuesday Feb. 2, 2012, Guatemalan soldiers make a queue for their lunch meal in Sayaxche, Guatemala. President Otto Pérez Molina will meet on Monday with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes to address issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:05:48 AM EST
    In this picture taken Friday Feb. 10, 2012, passengers ride on a public bus where a private guard stands guard in Guatemala City. President Otto Pérez Molina will meet on Monday with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes to address issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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    Posted: 2/14/2012 12:05:48 AM EST
    Guatemala's President Otto Pérez Molina, right, and El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes leave a news conference where they addressed issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime in Guatemala City, Monday Feb. 13, 2012. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)