Map: Drug cartel murders

By Rachel Metea

Published: Monday, May 23, 2011

Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012

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Jose Antonio Barboza, 35, shows one of the bullets still under the skin and the exit wound on his shoulder from the attack by Mexican soldiers after he and brother-in-law Sergio Meza Varela, 32, were shot while driving around Reynosa, Mexico late on February 16 of this year. Friday, April 25, 2008. Brother-in-law, Sergio Meza Varela, 32, was killed in the shooting.

A new database by the Mexican government gives detailed information on the murders it says to be related to the drug war since 2006. According to the data, Mexico saw a 60 percent increase in murders from 2009 to 2010.

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The dots show the towns where a murder related to the drug war has taken place. The red markers represent towns with more than 70 deaths. Click on each dot for details.

Since President Felipe Calderon declared Mexico's war on drugs almost five years ago, more than 35,000 people have been murdered.


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