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Mexico Drug War in 2010 Notched Up 27,000 Arrests

by Tanya Thomas on  December 25, 2010 at 7:28 AM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Security forces have this year arrested over 27,000 suspected drug gang members, as part of Mexico's ongoing bloody military-led crackdown on cartel operations, officials said.
 Mexico Drug War in 2010 Notched Up 27,000 Arrests
Mexico Drug War in 2010 Notched Up 27,000 Arrests
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Among the top captures for Mexican authorities were the arrests of drug kingpin Edgar Valdez, known as "the Barbie," as well as the killings of Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, a top leader of Mexico's Sinaloa drug gang, and Gulf cartel leader Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, known as "Tony Tormenta," officials said.

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In total, some 17,200 gang members have been arrested in 2010, according to a joint statement issued by the secretaries of defense, interior and federal prosecutors.

No details were given on how many convictions were brought post-arrest.

More than 12,000 murders were committed in 2010 as part of Mexico's vicious four-year drug gang war, with 30,000 deaths in all since President Felipe Calderon launched a massive military crackdown on the cartels, according to figures released earlier this month.

Source: AFP
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