Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sinaloa suffers 46 murders last week
Sinaloa, a state in Mexico's northwest with a long history of violence, saw 46 murders during the week that began Monday, June 6th thru Sunday, June 12th.
The Sinaloa cartel is named after the state where most of its leadership was born.
The 46 murders that occurred ths past week included 2 women, a policeman and a doctor.
Statistics from the state Attorney General's office that since the beginning of the year Sinaloa has seen 900 homicides.
In the first 12 days of this month 66 people have been killed, an average of 5.1 murders per day.
The current PAN governor, Mario Lopez Valdez, began his term at the beginning of the year but has been unable to keep campaign promises of reigning in the violence, which has increased steadily during the current drug war begun by President Felipe Calderon.
Culiacan, the state capitol and municipality with a population of almost 900,000 people, lead the state with 17 murders, followed by 7 in Ahome, 6 in Mazatlan, 5 in Mocorito and 4 in Navolato and 2 in Guasave. Five municipalities had 1 murder each.