In an effort to release the deathly chokehold drug lords have taken over their country, Mexican officials are offering a $2 million reward for any information that leads to the arrest of one of 24 top cartel members, and $1 million for 13 of their lieutenants. From the AP:
Mexico's drug violence has killed more than 9,000 people since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 as gangs battle each other for territory and fight off a government crackdown. Some of that violence is spilling over into the United States, especially the Southwest, where kidnaps and killings are on the rise.
The rewards are the largest Mexico has ever offered for top drug lords, said Ricardo Najera, a spokesman for the Attorney General's office. Some of the men, such as suspected Pacific cartel leaders Joaquin Guzman and Ismael Zambada, are targeted by separate $5 million reward offers from the U.S. government.
However, the government doesn’t want to single out a single criminal as the “most wanted” suspect. "For us, all of these people are important,” says Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora. “Of course, some are more emblematic than others."