According to authorities, the drug war in Juarez, Mexico has claimed its 3,000th victim this year when two men were gunned down on Internacional Avenue in Ciudad Juarez on Tuesday. Since taking office in 2006, President Felipe Calderon has waged a war against the country’s drug cartel in order to remove the presence of the vicious drug cartels from the country.
Although the drug war has drawn some negative attention due to the rising number of victims, Calderon believes the effort is proving results since he reports that last week authorities completed a successful raid on a party being held by one of Mexico’s most powerful gangs, La Familia. Police report that they killed La Familia’s gang leader, Nazario Moreno nicknamed “The Craziest One” during a shootout. However, there no body has been discovered to prove these claims.
In an interview with CNN, Chihuaha state attorney general spokesman, Arturo Sandoval argues that the number of victims has risen over the three year conflict. Last year there were 2,656 victims, in 2008 there were 1,500, and in 2007 there were a reported 300 victims of the war. The latest victims of the drug war bring the death toll to nearly 7,400 in a city reportedly inhabiting 1.3 million, according to a report made by the Daily News.