28 September 2011 23:41 | By MSN News, Chris Mitchell
Mexico's war on drugs: By the numbers

Murders in Mexico



The body of a man shot to death lies next to a bus in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Monday Aug. 15, 2011. (© AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
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Most gang violence in Mexico happens in the disputed territories near the U.S. border, though all of the country's 31 states have been the scene of drug-related murders at some point.

Deaths from drug violence in Mexico since 2006: 35,000-41,000
Percentage of crimes that go unpunished in Mexico: 98.5

Mexico in 2010

Murders: 19,769
Drug-related murders: 11,583

Murder rate: 18 per 100,000 residents
State with hightest murder rate: 103 per 100,000 in Chihuahua
Murders in the state of Chihuahua: 3,514

People killed in the Chihuahua city of Juarez: 3,100
Population of Juarez: 1,512,354

Mexico in 2009
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Murders: 16,117
Drug-related murders: 6,587

Sources:
Monterrey Institute of Technology, ICESI, BBC

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