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Mexico’s Lazaro Cardenas port thrives — with commerce and crime

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MEXICO CITY — The city of Lazaro Cardenas is a scrappy Mexican success story.

The once-obscure industrial port, between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, has grown significantly over the last decade, using cheap domestic dock labor and a direct railroad connection to Texas to attract international cargo ships that might have otherwise gone to the Port of Los Angeles.

But it also has earned a darker reputation.

Precursor chemicals for methamphetamine are widely known to be smuggled in to Lazaro Cardenas…

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