Posted: Feb 3, 2012 12:10 PM
Updated: Feb 3, 2012 12:24 PM
MORELIA, MEXICO - The Mexican government is sending thousands of additional troops to the western state of Michoacán.
The first 4,000 soldiers have already arrived in the state capital of Morelia. Authorities are battling La Familia and the Knights Templar drug cartels.
At least 56 people were killed during 10 battles between the criminal gangs last month. The deployment is the largest in Michoacán since 2009.