El Diario reports that 45 people were victims of homicide in March. This is the highest number in the past 5 months. Two of these victims were women, 2 were minors and 2 were Federal policemen shot in an ambush on March 19. The report says that another body was discovered in a clandestine grave in the Valle de Juarez and this case is being investigated by the special prosecutor for crimes against women, but this one is not included in the count–apparently because it cannot be said for certain when she was murdered. In all since the beginning of the year, 97 people have been victims of homicide. In January, there were 26 murders, the majority related to gang fights and not “organized crime.” In February, the state Fiscalia reported 26 murders, and in addition, the discovery of 3 bodies in hidden graves and one decapitated person. I would count this as a total of 30, since it is unlikely these other dead will show up in another tally.
The problem of how the deaths are classified by the different government agencies is illustrated in the other article from MILENIO
. This national report says that there were 1,025 murders “related to organized crime” in March–an increase from January and February. There are no criteria provided as to how these murders are classified as “organized crime related” as opposed to other homicides. The article reports that the state of Chihuahua is still at the top of the list for murders with 186 homicides. [The article doesn’t give a figure for the city of Juarez, but if we take the number from the Fiscalia of 45, that would mean there were 141 homicides elsewhere in Chihuahua state in March]. The other most violent states are: Sinaloa with 108 homicides in March; Estado de Mexico — 86; Guerrero — 68.
It is worth noting that the article does not report anything for Tamualipas–a state where numerous very violent incidents were reported during March, but no official tallies of the number of victims seems to exist. The Milenio article does not give a source for its data.
I suppose it is not really funny, but there is something funny about El
Paso ICE training British secret agents in El Paso… Have they run out of
plots for James Bond movies? As we know, the violence doesn’t follow much,
even across the trickle of the Rio Grande…much less the North Atlantic.
This is an economic system. The criminals (including their interests and
partners inside the governments) know that the money flows best when the
violence stays in Mexico and Central America. molly
Mexican drug cartels ‘operating in the UK, France and Netherlands’