Mexico drugs war: Inside Veracruz as conflict spreads deeper
19 October 2011 Last updated at 15:27 BST
Since Mexico's president launched his war on drugs five years ago, 45,000 people are estimated to have been killed.
The appalling violence is now spreading from the border areas deeper into the country, to previously safe cities like Veracruz.
Ian Pannell reports from Veracruz where he has been finding out what the government is doing to tackle the problem.