Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Suburbs, and Mexico's Drug Trade

A movie star's death shines an unwelcome light on Mexico's heroin trade.

I don't know if Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has seen many movies by Philip Seymour Hoffman, but I'm betting he's not a fan of Hoffman's last act. By dying with a needle in his arm, the star kindled news media interest in the growing popularity in the U.S. of heroin, about half of which comes from Mexico. That's off-message for Pena Nieto, who has tried hard during his first year in office to shift the spotlight from drugs and violence to Mexico's enormous economic potential and the promise of closer North American integration. A more smoothly functioning cross-border heroin trade probably wasn't what he had in mind.

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