Away from Baja, California is the historic Mazatlan, Mexico, an oasis of golden sandy beaches, diverse marine life, and rich cultural heritage. This would-be paradise witnessed 192 murders in 2017. At the end of January 2017, 58 gang murders took place within four weeks. Authorities believe that a powerful drug cartel has their base in Sinaloa. The Citizens' Council of Public Safety and Criminal Justice Report urges citizens to defer travel from Sinaloa except for tourist resorts in Mazatlan, Port of Topolobampo, and Los Mochis.
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