Friday, April 3, 2009

Mexican Drug Cartel Violence

Mexico says death toll from drug war is falling

Reuters UK — The death toll from Mexico's drug war has dropped by about 25 percent in the first three months of this year from the last quarter of 2008, Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said on Thursday.
Medina Mora told reporters after meeting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder in the city of Cuernavaca that drug violence killed 1,600 people from January to March.
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As Mexico battles cartels, army becomes law

Arizona Central — President Felipe Calderon is rapidly escalating the Mexican army's role in the war against drug traffickers, deploying nearly 50 percent of its combat-ready troops along the U.S-Mexico border and throughout the country, while retired army officers take command of local police and the military supplies civilian authorities with automatic weapons and grenades.
U.S. and Mexican officials describe the drug cartels as a widening narco-insurgency. The four major drug states average a total of 12 murders a day, characterized by ambushes, gun battles, executions and decapitated bodies left by the side of the road. In the villages and cities where the traffickers hold sway, daily life now takes place against a martial backdrop of round-the-clock patrols, pre-dawn raids and roadblocks manned by masked young soldiers.
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Bodies Hang From Mexico Overpass As Warning to Rival Drug Traffickers

Fox News — Prosecutors say two bodies were hung from an overpass in a Mexican Pacific coast city as an apparent warning to rival drug traffickers, and that one corpse fell and was run over repeatedly. Fox News The Michoacan state attorney general's office says the bodies were hung from the bridge Thursday morning in the port city of Lazaro Cardenas.
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