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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The War on Drugs 2017: Sedena Deployed 52,807 Troops

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Milenio
July16, 2018 By: Rubén Mosso

The Secretariat of National Defense deployed in 2017 the largest number of soldiers in 12 years of struggle against drug trafficking, Sedena commissioned to that task  52,807 elements. It is the highest number of Army personnel that daily fights the nine drug cartels that operate in different regions. 

At the beginning of Felipe Calderón's administration, in Mexico there were 37, 253 soldiers in work to reduce violence, which includes the security of strategic facilities, tasks of eradication and interception in application of the Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives, as well as as support for public safety. 

After a criminal assault against federal, state and municipal forces, 45,000 soldiers were commissioned to fight the criminal groups in 2007 after Calderon won the 2006 presidential election.

In response to a request for data, based on the Federal Law of Information and Access to Information, the Sedena noted that the number increased in 2009, a year in which soldiers, sailors (marines) and agents of the Federal Police and the PGR, began to suffer considerable losses after clashes and ambushes.

In that period there were 48,650 troops fighting in the streets and mountains of the country. A year later, the federal forces were supported with 1,000 more soldiers, that is, there were 49,650 soldiers in the fight against drug trafficking, a number that did not change in 2011 or in 2012. 

In the last two years mentioned, the largest number of troops was concentrated in Chihuahua, with 
7,552, when Ciudad Juarez was considered the most violent city in the world and where there was the highest number of deaths generated by the battle between criminals, which escalated  personally between families of the leaders of the Sinaloa and Juárez cartels, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán and Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, "El Viceroy", respectively. 

Tamaulipas was the second entity with more soldiers, with 4,900, as a result of the conflict between the Gulf cartel and its armed wing Los Zetas , the latter who began to dominate the scene of drug trafficking and other crimes in Mexico. 

Nuevo León, where there was a dispute over the control of the plaza, between Los Zetas, Golfo and the Sinaloa cartel, had at that time 3, 317 soldiers in the state. The other entities with greater military personnel were Sonora, Guerrero and Veracruz. 

As of 2013, the number of soldiers fighting the narcos was reduced to 34,529, of which 9, 888 were in the entities considered at the time the most dangerous, such as Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosí, while  6,550 fought in Michoacán and Guanajuato. To combat crime in Guerrero, there were 3,605 soldiers.

Last year, of the 52, 807 military troops were commissioned in the war against the drugs, 6,125, watched over and fought in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and SLP. 

While 6,119 soldiers were in Guerrero, where they operate during the splits of the Beltrán Leyva cartel, through Guerreros Unidos, the independent cartel of Acapulco, Los Ardillos and Los Rojos, to name a few, while having a conflict between them , they also fight against La Familia Michoacana. 

In Jalisco, where Cartel Nueva Generación ie CJNG operates , and which today is the criminal organization with the greatest criminal presence, 5,553 soldiers are distributed throughout the state.

It should be noted that 2017 also holds the record for highest numbers of violent murders, feminicides, disappearances and violent crime in general with 2018  heading to top that number despite the arrests and extraditions of top capos to the US.


  1. 5k of soldiers is not enough, given the size of the terrain that has to be controlled, one city comes to mind where 5k would be needed just to have control of that area

    1. Rather, military branches working as one with an a clear objective and not selling their services to the highest bidder.
      Isn't this how Mexico's policy has worked? A probability that it still exists until the new president takes office.
      Time will tell if numbers will decrease or increase.


    2. Don't worry Obradorsito, want the military force cut down.

    3. 7:14 going back to barracks, the Mexican "soldiers" will go into crime, and RESIST AMLO as paracos and AutoDefenses Unidas or police work to keep extorting under the government''s petticoats.

  2. So it's fair to say that with the deployment of more soldiers that homicides increased?
    Just looking at the facts / statistics reported here.


  3. What's the point if a cartel then hires them

  4. It takes a brave man/woman to work for the police/army in Mexico. I'm not sure i would have the courage to enter such a dangerous profession where reaching retirement alive would be an achievement in itself. The trust of ones fellow comrades would at all times be an issue. One slip of the tongue, harmless or otherwise, could spell the end in an unmarked grave in god knows where. To all the hard working, honest Mexican security personel, my heart goes out to you. Keep up the work that 99% wouldn't even dream of. Keep the pressure on the evil that envelops Mexico like a terminal cancer. One day maybe we will see an end to this frightening era of savagery and butchery.

  5. 52,807 troops? That's probably all that's left from the Military.

  6. The melitary were just casing the joint wherever they went, raping, kidnapping for ransom, killing, mass murdering, and extorting saints and sinners along the way, let's not be dupes believing the propaganda they want to live off for the next sexenio sexenal.
    The polesia federal and milicos were in IGUALA Guerrero to kidnap the 43 Ayotzinapos they disappeared, and still can't find their own communications recordings,
    --"Admiral Manuel Mondragón y Kalb, a specialist in sudden attacks" should know what the hell happened there, and talk, specially now that people say he has been smelling AMLO's ass.

  7. How many SEDENA patrol vehicles are typically in an average city or town?


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