Statistics: Gang-related killings soar

The government for the first time gave its own tally of gang-related killings in a ‘confidential’ document to Congress, but the details were widely reported. According the official figures, there were 22,743 gang-related killings from December 2006, when Felipe Calderón took office, through last month, including 3,365 in the first quarter of 2010. Of the total, 92% are said to be gang members. The report also says the military and police detained 121,199 gang members during this period and seized US$9.5 billion in drugs and more than 71,000 firearms. (Milenio 4/14, Reforma 4/14)

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