Mexico celebrated the New Year with 69 murders in one day. The murders were the result of the ongoing drug trafficking battles.
More than 6,500 drug related killings were committed in 2009. Even though President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels in late 2006 with deployment of 45,000 soldiers to fight organized crime, it seems that the drug cartels are ready for the fight.
Now these drug cartels have ramped up the bloodshed in just two weeks into 2010. A victim’s face was peeled from his skull and sewn onto a soccer ball. Another killing included a former police officer whose body was divided into two separate ice chests.
The tally of murders since 2001 was 20,000 but half of these murders were committed in the past two years. Authorities hope that this violence will quiet down soon. It seems that the Sinaloa cartel headed by billionaire gang boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may now become dominant, thus reducing the deadly power struggles. If this is true, law enforcement hopes that the next six months may be calmer.