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Mexico announces 'new phase' to enhance security in unstable northeastern state

Acknowledging that more must be done to combat violent Mexican drug cartels, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio announced a "new phase" of enhanced security for the embattled northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   May 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

MEXICO CITY, May 14 (UPI) -- Mexican Minister of Interior Miguel Angel Osorio has announced a "new phase" for the embattled northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

Considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico, Tamaulipas will be divided into four regions to enable enhanced security. Each of the four regions will have its own army or navy officer to oversee the new security plan. Security forces will conduct a 24-hour patrol "in main urban areas," Osorio announced.

The interior minister also pledged to "strengthen surveillance at ports, airports, customs and border crossings, as well as the major land routes."

These steps are in line with the Mexican government's attempts to crack down on powerful drug cartels.

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