Nearly 30,000 people have died in incidents blamed on organized crime groups, mainly drug traffickers, in Mexico since late 2006, when President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s cartels, the Center for Intelligence and National Security, or Cisen, said in a report.
Some 28,000 violent deaths have occurred in Mexico in the past four years, Cisen director Guillermo Valdes said.
Valdes presented the report Tuesday to Calderon, academics, journalists and security experts at the Dialogue for Security forum.
The federal Attorney General’s Office said in mid-July that 24,826 people had died in drug-related violence since Calderon took office, with the death toll for this year at 7,048.
Calderon has deployed 50,000 soldiers and 20,000 Federal Police officers in several states, especially along the northern border with the United States, to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations.
A total of 963 clashes between gang members and the security forces have occurred since late 2006, Valdes said.
Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations, according to experts, are the Sinaloa, Tijuana, Gulf, Juarez, Los Zetas and Beltran Leyva cartels, and La Familia Michoacana.