Mexico: No Let Up In Drug Related Fighting


April 22, 2007: Between 600 and 650 people have been killed in drug related violence this year in Mexico. Last year, the death toll was 2,000.

April 22, 2007: The drug gangs apparently are gender-friendly, because since January 2007, at least 20 woman drug smugglers have died in gang warfare. Many of the woman may have been originally recruited by corrupt policewomen and used to move drugs. In Durango state, ten men in two SUVs kidnapped the state police commander. Police intervened, leaving two policemen dead, the kidnap victim murdered and the kidnappers being pursued north, towards the U.S. border.

April 19, 2007: Police engaged drug smugglers in a shootout in the city of Tijuana, leaving two policemen and one smuggler dead. The gunfight began in the street. Police moved the wounded gang member to a hospital. The drug gang later attacked the hospital in an attempt to free their man. Five of the gangsters who stormed the hospital were later arrested by the police. The men arrested were identified as being members of the "Tijuana drug cartel" (also known as the Arellano Felix drug cartel). Some Mexican Army troops reportedly assisted the police.

April 18, 2007: Federal police (Federales) arrested five members of the Gulf drug cartel in the town of Reynosa. The five gang members were involved in both drug smuggling and money-laundering operations.

April 16, 2007: Police found the bodies of 20 people murdered in drug gang warfare. Many of the bodies were killed "execution style" and wrapped in plastic bags. Five bodies were found near Cancun. Eight were discovered in the state of Guerrero.

April; 13, 2007: Some 24,000 members of the Mexican military are currently involved in Mexico's war on drug gangs. A recent poll in Mexico found that the Mexican military was the second most "respected institution" in the country. The most respected is "the family."


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