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May 2018 marks the deadliest month in the history of Mexico

June 29, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
May 2018 marks the deadliest month in the history of Mexico

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The month of May was recorded the most violent in Mexico’s history with 2,890 recorded murders across the country.

Recent information published by the Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública (SEGOB) indicated that May also notched the second-most crime reports with 163,562– surpassed only by October 2017 when 163,916 were recorded.

According to Mexican government data obtained by Business Insider, five states with the most homicides were: 298 in Guanajuato; 263 in Baja California; 231 in Chihuahua; 220 in Guerrero; and 210 in the State of Mexico.

Because of the expanding cartel violence, the Mexican government was pushed to dispatch the military to many cities that even include once-serene beach hotspots.

Christopher Woody/Mexican government data

The record-breaking violence is due to multiple factors such as the capture of major narco-bosses which led to the weakening of cartels and the resurgence and realignment of others, resulting in fierce turf wars over control of the lucrative street-level and valuable trafficking territories.

The fracturing and realignment of these groups will often force former allies against each other. Those involved in the murders are mostly low-level dealers, lookouts, clients, and enforcers for these gangs. Many of the dealers are targets of rip-crews looking for quick money and drugs.

With July’s elections, many politicians–current and former– including political party members and relatives, were targeted as criminal groups tried to exert their influence. A recent political assassination was the execution-style slaying of Fernando Puron Johnston, a former mayor and congressional candidate in Piedras Negras.

Another factor associated with the increase in murders is cartels tied to fuel theft gangs called “huachicoleros.” The method is a lucrative new source of profit for traditional Mexican gangs which caused violent turf wars.

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