Feds Keep Watch On Warehouses For Drug Tunnels


The long rectangular football-field sized warehouses which dot the U.S. - Mexico border in San Diego may look like ordinary places to keep newly imported goods, but the buildings can serve as perfect cover for drug smuggling tunnels.

Cartel-related murders in Mexico’s drug war have surpassed 10,000 so far this year, according to a tally kept by the Mexican newspaper Reforma.

As of November 19, the newspaper’s Ejecutómetro (execution-meter) stood at 10,514 for 2010. With an estimated 230 killings a week in the last two months, the cartel-related murders for 2010 could reach 12,000 by the end of the year.

That figure is about twice the overall number of U.S. military fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, which currently stand at about 5,700 for the entire duration of both wars to date, as reported by CNSNews.com.

The Reforma newspaper shows that since Felipe Calderón became president of Mexico in December 2006, there have been 24,534 killings attributed to drug cartel violence, a more conservative estimate than the Mexican government’s official estimate of 28,000.

Reforma’s tally includes the murders of police officers, members of the military, and people under 18 years of age. It does not specify nationality of those killed, although most were Mexicans. The tally includes approximately 800 killings after torture and more than 300 decapitations.

The 2010 murder tally in Mexico is about 60 percent higher than the 2009 count of 6,587. Chihuahua, the Mexican state that includes what is arguably one of the most violent cities in the world, Ciudad Juárez, continues to be the deadliest, with 2,912 executions so far this year.

In the last eight weeks, there have been approximately 66 killings a week in Chihuahua, most of them happening in Ciudad Juárez, which borders El Paso, Texas.