Since January 2007 there have been
more than 900 execution-type murders in the country. With a death toll like
this, the line between gang war and real war is indeed blurry. There are
several wars going on simultaneously. First there is the "counter-insurgency
war" the government is waging against drug cartels and smuggling gangs. There
are also several "inter-gang wars" being fought between the cartels themselves.
May 16, 2007: Sonora state police found the bodies of four murdered
Mexican policemen 65 kilometers south of the Arizona border. The policemen
served in the town of Canaea. The policemen were kidnapped before they were
murdered. These attacks are the latest in a series of attacks on military
personnel and police in Mexico, as the drug gangs strike back.
May 11, 2007: Four armed bodyguards were slain in
the city of Veracruz, Mexico. The bodyguards were protecting the children of
the state governor. Mexican authorities said that they believe gang gunmen
thought the car the guards were using belonged to a rival drug gang. Four other
bodies were found outside of Nuevo Laredo. The dead men had been tortured
before they were put to death. Mexican police said evidence at the scene
indicated the crime was committed by the Gulf drug cartel.
May 6, 2007: Mexican agents seized over 200 million
dollars in cash in a drug raid in March in Mexico City. This is believed to be
the largest all-time seizure of cash by a law enforcement agency anywhere on
the planet. US troops seized several multi-hundred million dollar caches in
Iraq in 2003, but that was military action, not police. One unit of 3rd
Infantry Division found 600 million dollars. The Mexican criminal investigation
is still underway, but many Mexicans want the government to use the money for
education programs and public welfare. There are not a lot of details about the
raid, but Mexican authorities confirmed the raid involved illegal
methamphetamines. The money was initially deposited in a government-run
military bank then transferred to the Bank of America for "authentication" (ie,
verification that the cash was real and not counterfeit). Most of the cash was
in one hundred dollar bills.