HomeNewsAnalysisThe Cost of Mexico's Drug War
ANALYSIS

The Cost of Mexico's Drug War

HOMICIDES / 13 JAN 2011 BY GEOFFREY RAMSEY EN

Last year was the bloodiest year on record since Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, took office four years ago.

In a press conference on Wednesday, administration officials announced the release of an official government database which catalogs all drug-related killings at both the state and municipal levels from December 2006 to December 2010. Out of the 34,162 deaths listed, 15,273 (nearly 45 percent of the total) occurred in 2010 alone. This graphic, compiled by Mexican daily El Universal, breaks down the year’s deaths by state.

Of 2010’s drug-related homicides, 7,451 of them occurred in Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. While Chihuahua and Sinaloa are perennial battlegrounds for the cartels, the level of violence in Tamaulipas is a relatively new development. Along with Nuevo Leon, the eastern border state registered its highest homicide rate in history, mostly due to fighting between the Gulf Cartel and Zetas criminal gang, the former enforcement arm of the Gulf Cartel, which began in early 2010 after Gulf members assassinated a Zeta leader.

The map also lists the states with the most drug-related murders over the past year, along with their totals:

States with the most drug-related murders 2006 - 2010:
1. Chihuahua (10,135)
2. Sinaloa (4,387)
3. Guererro (2,739)
4. Baja California (2,019)
5. Michoacan (1,751)
6. Mexico State (1,538)
7. Tamaulipas (1,475)
8. Sonora (1,258)
9. Jalisco (1,074)
10. Durango (834)

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

CHILE / 25 AUG 2021

A series of seizures and drug raids across Latin America have revealed how previously niche high-strength marijuana products are establishing…

EXTORTION / 22 FEB 2022

Recent US sanctions against an alleged Jalisco Cartel operative have revealed that the powerful Mexican group is using the resort…

ARGENTINA / 12 SEP 2022

Synthetic drugs like methamphetamine, fentanyl, and ecstasy are reshaping Latin America's drug trade.

About InSight Crime

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

THE ORGANIZATION

Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

THE ORGANIZATION

Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…