I remember years ago looking on at states like Columbia, Mexico, etc and being thankful and content we were not there.
Now though, we are well past them , sad
The police are but a sideshow, crime intelligence is a distant memory of probably an apartheid past when it actually functioned.
9/10 times any of these skelms get to court the justice system will set them free due to lack of resources or ineptitude.
Taxi associations have some power and money but the Mexican cartels are more powerful than the governments of the countries they occupy. The actually outgun their own governments and their GDPs are on par with that of a country.