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In this picture taken Thursday Jan. 26, 2012, a man lies handcuffed in a court parking lot after being detained in Guatemala City. President Otto Pérez Molina will meet on Monday with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes to address issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Guatemala weighs drug legalization

U.S. inability to cut illegal drug consumption leaves Guatemala with no option but to consider legalizing the use and transport of drugs, President Otto Perez said Feb. 13, a remarkable turnaround for an ex-general elected on a platform of crushing organized crime with an iron fist.