Mexican marines stand watch at the site of the incineration of 23,5 tons of cocaine 28 November, 2007 in Manzanillo, state of Colima, Mexico. In the biggest cocaine seizure in Mexico's history, authorities found the cocaine hidden inside containers that had been shipped from Colombia. It was Mexico's fourth major cocaine seizure in the last months, bringing the total seized to 39 tonnes. The latest seizure came a week after the Mexican and US governments announced a joint security plan that includes a Mexican pledge to step up the fight against organized crime, especially drug trafficking. AFP PHOTO/Alfredo ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Park MacDougald is Deputy Literary Editor for Tablet