Sunday, April 12, 2009
According to the Mexican government's stats, drug-related murders in Mexico from January through March were down 26 percent from the last three months of 2008. The number also dropped by 16 percent from February to March. There were extremely large drops in cities like Culiacán, Juárez, and Tijuana, all of which had been among the hardest hit areas. But before we go and get too excited, it should be noted that even with the drop, their were 1,960 murders linked to organized crime in the first three months of 2009, a pace which would make this year significantly bloodier than last should it be maintained.