The picturesque and historic state of Guanajuato is now Mexico’s number one narco killing zone.
The birth place of Mexican Independence now has the dubious distinction of having the most murders for January, 2017, as reported by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System of the Ministry of Interior. In 2008 the state registered a total of 295 homicides for the entire year.
The year is starting out very bloody for Mexico overall, with 138 murders - the most violent January since January of 1997.
Jalsico New Generation Cartel (CJNG) is one of the newest and fastest growing criminal enterprises in the country and controls the narco business in the state of Guanjuanto and wants to keep it that way.
Authorities have preferred to ignore the growing violence and rather focus on the importance of Guanajuato as a vibrant economic development zone, thanks to its position as a major automotive cluster. Guanajuato’s Governor Miguel Marquez has not answered questions from the media related to security issues for months. The state has one of the most stable economies in the country.
The state has invested millions of pesos on “Escudo” a super security program that has provided 1,700 video surveillance cameras, and 20,000 thousand panic situated throughout the state of nearly 5 million people.
Last year, at the beginning of the year Guanajuato was sixth in the national homicide rankings. Leon, Irapuato and Celaya, are the three municipalities with the largest population and the largest murder rates, this is in spite of the presence of the Mexican Army and Federal police. These cities are followed by Silao, Tarimoro, Dolores Hidalgo and San Miguel de Allende.
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