Mexican Drug War

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  • December 2006

    December 2006
    Within days of taking office, Mexican President Felipe Calderon deplys 6,500 Mexican troops into Michoacán to fight against drug traffickers.
  • October 2007

    October 2007
    U.S. announce security aid package, The Merida Initiative. The $1.6 billion dollar security aid package included Black Hawk Helicoptors, Intelligence sharing and police training.
  • December 2008

    December 2008
    Murder rates in the city of Ciudad Juarez have increased. The year ends in 1,600 homicides. The previous year ended with 307. The increase in murder is due to Sinoloa drug cartel head invading the city and making them known against the Juarez Cartel. From 2008 to 2012, more than 10,000 people have been killed in Juarez, making the city one of the most murderous cities on earth. Murderous places on Earth.
  • January 2009

    January 2009
    Cartels target TV journalist in attempts to control and/or silence media coverage of the Cartels.
  • December 2009

    December 2009
    With the help of American intelligence, Mexican troops kill drug boss Arturo Beltran Leyva. It marked a huge victory for Calderon, but caused Leyva’s cartel to break apart into smaller groups, causing more violence.
  • January 2010

    January 2010
    In the Villas de Salvarcar neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez, gunmen attacked a high school birthday party, killing 16 students. New attention is drawn to the growing death toll of civilians who are not connected to drug trade.
  • July 2010

    July 2010
    Experts reveal that a car bomb that exploded in Ciudad Juarez was a sophisticated device never before seen in Mexico, triggered by cell phone.
  • August 2010

    August 2010
    Gunmen from the Zetas cartel abduct and kill 72 migrant workers at a ranch near San Fenando, one house south of the Texas border. The massacre draws attention to U.S.A bound central American migrants being harmed as they try to cross Mexico.
  • January 2011

    January 2011
    Over 150 inmates escape from a state prison in Nuevo Laredo, just across the border from Texas. It’s the largest prison break in Mexican history. Mexican penitentiaries are struggling to contain new inmates and many prisons are in the control of cartels.
  • April 2011

    April 2011
    Mexican investigators pull 193 bodies from dozens of mass graves near the town of San Fernando, where gangsters from the Zetas cartel were abducting passengers from buses and taking them to remote ranches to be robbed, raped and killed. The findings of these mass graves reveal new levels of savagery.
  • Spetember 2011

    Spetember 2011
    A gang dumped 35 bodies at a busy intersection in the tourist zone in the city of Veracruz. Authorities try to calm the public by saying that most of the dead were criminals who were killed by a warring drug cartel.
  • January 2012

    January 2012
    Mexican police in the city Torreon find five severed heads of people killed in an outbreak of drug gang violence.
  • May 2012

    May 2012
    May 2012
    Police find nine bodies hanging from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. The same day, police also find the dismembered bodies of 14 people in garbage bags, dumped near the Nuevo Laredo police station. Later in the month, dozens of mutilated bodies are found dumped by a highway near Monterrey.
  • October 2012

    October 2012
    One of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords, Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano the founder of the super-violent Zetas cartel, was killed over the weekend in a firefight with marines.
  • December 2012

    December 2012
    Enrique Pena Nieto is elected as president
  • Januarny 2013

    Januarny 2013
    Newly elected President, Enrique Pena Nieto, has an unwritten agreement between the newly elected Mexican federal government and the states that part of his new security strategy will be to reduce the number of reports on violent incidents. The agreement was that violent incidents will only be reported when necessary.
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    Mexican Drug War (Still in Progress)