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January 21, 2005

Mexico declares `mother of all battles' in effort to control prisons

Mexican President Vicente Fox on Friday declared the mother of all battles against jailed drug traffickers suspected of masterminding the execution-style killings of six employees of the federal prison in Matamoros, Mexico, including the facilitys director of security. After an extraordinary meeting with his Cabinet late Thursday, Fox ordered soldiers and police to set up roadblocks outside all three of Mexicos maximum security prisons in an attempt to control a penal system that many believe has fallen under the control of jailed drug lords.

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