Saturday, September 05, 2009
Mexican Drug cartels kill anyone trying to kick the drug habit or so it appears! Don't forget the Malandrines!
Massacre at Mexico Drug Rehab Center
It just gets worse and worse in Juarez Mexico as the drug cartels fight for a bigger piece of America's Drug pie. Juarez is drug war central. I watched a show last week where Juárez Mayor José Reyes Ferriz said that the situation is getting desperate as August ended with an unofficial tally of more than 300 homicides, surpassing the record of 258 homicides set in July. executions and mutilations as everyone knows by now are common in the drug cartel war, which has claimed about 3,000 lives in the Juárez area since it started in January 2008.
As is the norm, when I start researching a story it never ends up the way is started. That is the case in Juarez, Mexico! I started to discuss that Gunmen shot and killed 17 patients and wounded two others in a drug rehabilitation center in northern Mexico late Wednesday. I automatically suspected a cartel of taking revenge killings for members or just drug users attempting to go straight thus hurting their interests.
Then I found out that Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz suspected it was a rival drug gang killing rival cartel members who were operating out of the Rehab center. I then started to wonder about the Government themselves in what I thought was a new level of violence in Juarez but it has happened before as the attack was similar to an attack at a drug facility in March that left 20 patients dead.
The year is not over but so far more than 1,420 people have been killed in Juarez this year and. about 1,600 people were killed in 2008. More than 11,000 people have since died, about 1,000 of them police since Felipe Calderon started Mexico's end of this drug war in 2006. Juarez is the homicide Capitol of the world! Juarez had an estimated rate of 130 killings per 100,000 people. By comparison, the homicide rate in New Orleans, Louisiana, the deadliest city in the United States in 2008, was 64 homicides per 100,000 residents. I think in Juarez it is even worse than that but the story takes a twist. 17 patients killed in shooting at Mexican drug rehab center
This underscores the unbelievable level of blood letting going on in this free for all supposedly as rival gangs kill each other as they vie for lucrative drug trade routes. This is the arrest of just 4 men, 4 men responsible for the murder of 211 people. I know he Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels have been waging a turf war and are getting all the credit for this violence but I do not know.. Four men wanted for 211 murders arrested in Mexico
Last week, eight young men, suspected of ties to auto theft rings, were also gunned down, as have another 36 in Culiacán over the past several months. There’s a tendency to claim all criminal activity is somehow related to the U.S. backed “War on Drugs”given that police and security activities in Sinaloa and along the border are focused on the big time gangsters, I suppose there is some justification in that assumption as I am sure you can all agree. It is plausible that the highly organized cartels are moving with extreme violence of course, into the stolen car market but that doesn’t quite explain the murders in Juarez and I contend neither does blaming everything on drug cartel violence. Massacre in Juarez « The Mex Files
The cartels have competition, don't forget Mexico's Malandrines! In Mexico they are known as the ignored underworld. The vagrant,” “jobless,” “homeless” and “criminal.” A growing part of Mexico's population. Many try to migrate illegally into the US and those that fail I would have to conclude are lumped in with those killed in Mexico's drug war along with car thieves and the rest of Mexico's underworld to gain sympathetic American dollars. Mexico's ignored underworld crisis