October 22nd, 2009
12:08 PM ET

Drug-related killings skyrocket in Juarez

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/americas/10/21/mexico.juarez.killings/art.juarez.generic.afp.gi.jpg caption="Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, has already surpassed 2,000 homicides this year."]

Mayra Cuevas-Nazario

Has Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, been lost to the drug cartels?

New figures released to CNN on Wednesday by Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz indicate the death toll for this year has already surpassed 2,000 homicides - almost 400 more murders than the total count for 2008.

"It has been 22 months of this war, and it hasn't stopped. The violence has increased, and the possibility that it will stop is becoming more remote," Reyes Ferriz told CNN in a phone interview.

The mayor attributed the surge in drug-related violence to an influx of cartel groups. The rival Sinaloa and Juarez cartels are making their way to the city to participate in the warfare for the control of the smuggling route between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas. The Sinaloa cartel is headed by Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, according to authorities.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Mexico
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rosie in Ohio

    I grew up in El Paso, Texas where we frequently went to Juarez to shop and visit relatives. It is unbelievable how it has changed, now when I visit El Paso there is no way I would even consider crossing the border to patronize the marketplace.

    October 22, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  2. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    It is sad that evil is allowed to flourish because we can't just get rid of them.

    We know they are doing wrong, yet we have to prove it and they know that so they work the system to hide the proof needed...and then we can't get rid of them.

    October 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  3. alex lyrics

    We need to stop our dependency on drugs, and legalize marijuana

    October 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm |