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Narco News:  Guanajuato Kicks Off 2018 with 62 Dead in First 10 Days of Year

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The colonial state of Guanajuanto is not ringing in 2018 with less bloodshed. The central Mexican state that is the cradle of Mexican independence counted 62 murders in the first 10 day of the year.

With on average a murder every four hours, Guanjuanto may retain its title as one of Mexico’s up and coming most deadly states. The violence that has been attributed to warring drug cartels does not spare the young as they were counted about the victims. The picturesque state that has historically been spared from violence is a growing center of derivative crimes of narco cartels that includes carjackings, kidnappings and fuel theft. Guanajuato is not only an
important cultural hub for Mexico but also a growing automotive center for the national economy.

The state, which has 46 municipalities, saw the bloodshed concentrated in its most populated cities that include Celaya, Irapuato and Leon. Leon and Celeya are so deadly they were on the list for 2017 as some of the most violent municipalities in the entire country.

Last year was the bloodiest on record for Guanajuato with nearly 1,500 murders. In the first seven months of 2017, the murder rate surged by 37 percent and early indications are that 2018 won’t be any different.

Last week the US State Department issued a “Do Not Travel” advisory for 5 states in Mexico. Guanajuato was not on that list but the neighboring states of Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero were, and it is the turf wars occurring in these states that is spilling over to Guanajuato. The state, however, has a Level 2 “Exercise Increased Caution” warning when traveling, due to increased crime levels.

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