Photo: What Does Juarez's Lower Murder Rate Really Mean?
For too long, the mere mention of Juarez elicited comments about murder and an overall lack of safety, but things in the murderous Mexican city may finally be changing.
According to El Diario newspaper, last month, there were just 48 homicides. While that may seem high when compared to many U.S. cities, it is significantly fewer than previous months.
In 2010, when homicides were at a peak, each month was averaging more than 300 deaths each month, resulting in more than 3100 aggravated murders for the year.
Most of the violence in recent years has stemmed from drug cartels battling each other for control of northern Mexico smuggling routes. While the drop in violence is a positive change, the reasoning behind it may be far less positive.
Many in Mexico are now speculating that the war is over – with a clear winner emerging.
It appears Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel may have won the war of the cartels and seized control of the northern routes.