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Life and death in the cradle of Mexico's drug trade

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The crime scene in Culiacan, Mexico. Evidence is collected near the body of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez.
The crime scene in Culiacan, Mexico. Evidence is collected near the body of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez. REUTERS/Jesus Bustamante

The north-western state of Sinaloa has long been known as the cradle of the drug trade In Mexico. For over half a century, drug lords have been thriving in a region marked by major inequalities, where working for criminal organisations is often more lucrative than trying to find legal employment.As their success story has unfolded, drug traffickers have influenced the local culture. Crime, money and glitz have become its most obvious attributes.In Sinaloa for the second of this week's five reports, Alix Hardy takes a look at this unique set of customs and tastes, better known as "narcoculture".Click the 'play' button above to listen to the audio report, or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'RFI international report.

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