first published on August 27, 2018 by Will
Deadly violence in Mexico only continues to intensify as July 2018 marked the nation’s highest ever number of murder investigations opened in a single month.
Mexican prosecutors opened an alarming 2,599 murder investigations last month, which averages out to be 84 new homicide cases per day. The only thing more alarming than the amount of homicide investigations is the American media’s near blackout of coverage on the violence, even though much of the deadly violence occurs within miles of our southern border.
The spike in murder cases can be partly attributed to the uptick in military and police operations to combat drug production and trafficking across the beleaguered nation. With the help of US agencies, the Mexican government has been on the offensive, destroying opium and marijuana fields, rolling up criminal gangs, and conducting direct action raids against cartel operation centers.
As the government continues to crack down on cartel leadership, it triggers a power vacuum of infighting within the gangs as they vie to fill the open leadership roles. Meaning: The violence is going to get worse before it can get better.