The Calderon administration’s security strategy of taking on Mexico’s organized crime groups directly has yielded “historic results” that have been “superior to the results achieved in past periods,” the Security Cabinet said.
The strategy should be expanded “with the participation of the state governments and municipalities,” the Government Secretariat, Defense Secretariat, Navy Secretariat, Public Safety Secretariat and Attorney General’s Office said in a joint statement released Sunday.
Operations launched by the government resulted in the seizure, as of Dec. 23, of 11.05 tons of poppy seeds, 21.8 tons of methamphetamine and nearly 61 million psychotropic drug tablets, more than during any other administration, the Security Cabinet said.
The operations carried out by federal forces, including the army and Federal Police, in Mexico’s most crime-ridden states hit “the operational and financial networks of organized crime groups in a systematic and forceful manner,” the Security Cabinet said.
Between Dec. 1, 2006, when Calderon took office, and Dec. 23, 2010, authorities seized 40,469 handguns, 55,269 rifles, 9.8 million rounds of ammunition and 7,516 grenades from criminals.
The Federal Police has gone from having 6,500 officers in 2006 to fielding 35,000 officers today who are “well trained and have passed loyalty tests,” the Security Cabinet said.
Calderon has made fighting crime a priority, but he has been unable to stem the wave of drug-related violence that has claimed the lives of 30,196 people, according to an AG’s office report released on Dec. 16, since he took office.
A record 12,456 people were murdered in Mexico during the first 11 months of 2010, the AG’s office said.