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Mexican drug cartels and the avocado business

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Avocados being sold in a Mexican market ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images

Like many businesses in the violence-plagued Mexican state of Michoacán, the avocado growing industry has become intertwined with powerful drug cartels.

The majority of the avocados that make their way to our supermarkets come from this region of Mexico, and the area become devastated by drug wars. They have become so pervasive that they control almost all facets of life there, including the booming avocado industry. 

Sylvia Longmire, author of "Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars," joins the show to talk about how gangs have taken control of this popular crop.

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