Way more than you’ve seen reported in the news.
The drug wars in Juarez, Mexico, claimed their 3,000th victim this year after two men were gunned down on Tuesday, authorities said.
The deadly milestone brings the death toll to nearly 7,400 over the past three years in the violence-plagued city of 1.3 million people across the border from El Paso, Tex.
“Last year we had 2,656. The year before in 2008 it was around 1,500 and in 2007 we had about 300,” Chihuahua state attorney general spokesman Arturo Sandoval told CNN. “Can you imagine?”
Since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon waged war on the country’s vicious drug cartels, more than 28,000 people have died in the violence.
Calderon this week touted a successful raid of a party hosted by La Familia, one of Mexico’s most powerful gangs.
Police claim they killed the gang’s leader, Nazario Moreno, dubbed “The Craziest One” in a shootout though no body has been found.
“What happened those days is that we gave La Familia cartel the biggest blow in its history,” Calderon told reporters.
Also this week, the U.S. embassy announced 14 suspects wanted on money laundering, weapons and murder charges, calling it a “victory in our joint fight against organized crime.”
SMH. Tranquilo, hombres!