NY Times: Mexico is Losing its War on Drugs and Violence

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Tecoman, a small farming town in Jalisco’s neighboring state of Colima, became the deadliest municipality in all of Mexico last year. And, homicides in Mexico are at all-time highs, with this year set to break all records.

“It is an indictment of the drug war. The strategy of the United States and Mexico to relentlessly pursue high-ranking cartel leaders has not dampened the violence. To the contrary, some experts believe, the extradition of Mexico’s most notorious drug baron, Joaquin Guzmam Loera, known as El Chapo, to the United States this year helped generate the latest wave of violence as various factions look to fill the power vacuum left in his wake.” (NY Times article, Aug. 4, 2017)

The two charts below show crimes per 100,000 residents. (Source)

The numbers below are actual numbers of incidents. (Source)

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