April 14th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Government: More than 22,000 dead in Mexico drug war

More than 22,000 people have died in drug-related violence since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war on the nation's narcotrafficking cartels in December 2006, a government report said Tuesday.

The Mexican government does not routinely release the death toll in the drug war. Recent media reports had given an unofficial tally of 18,000 dead.

According to a report made available by Calderon's government to members of the Mexican senate, 22,700 people have died since Calderon took office in December 2006. In addition, the report said, more than 3,000 people were killed this year from January through March. Last year, 9,635 people were killed, the report said.

Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont confirmed the figures at a news conference Tuesday.

- CNN en Espanol's Rey Rodriguez contributed to this report.

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  1. el 7

    all these killings i went to guerrero for a week and the mexican cartels had a shoot out with the goverment right beside my house

    May 25, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. ben

    laraza, mecha, aztlan thinx they're gonna retake the southwest. so, the u.s. govn't does what it always does to weaken the enemy...create a civil war for them. they did it with the indians, the crips vs the bloods, the sunni muslims vs the shiite muslims, and now the -- cartel vs the -- cartel. that is why the govn't does not want to win the "drug war." just like the govn't doesn't really wanna find osama bin laden. then we've accomplished the mission. then we have to leave. the supposed wars serve ulterior motives. jus my 2 centavos 😎

    May 30, 2010 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Henry Massingale

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      February 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. G I Joe

    help me find reserch about drug war nerds

    December 16, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
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    This is much more then Genocide, allow me to show a truth never seen,

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    February 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
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