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Trains on tracks in Mexico Grupo Mexico Transportes SA Ferrocarril Mexicano (Ferromex) trains sit parked at a yard in Tepic, Nayarit State, Mexico, on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. (Photo: Cesar Rodriguez/Bloomberg)

(Bloomberg) – Head southeast out of Mexico City for about four hours or so and you will come upon the town of Acultzingo.

It is an impoverished, dusty little place nestled up against the rugged peaks of the Sierra Madre. Most inhabitants work the land for a living. They grow corn and avocados and raise cattle and pigs. They also rob trains. Lots of trains. So many, in fact, that Acultzingo (pronounced ah-coolt-ZEEN-go) is not only the train robbery capital of Mexico but, arguably, of the world.

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