Fifty-three dead in 3 days in Ciudad Juarez, official says
February 20th, 2011
02:29 PM ET

Fifty-three dead in 3 days in Ciudad Juarez, official says

Fifty-three people were killed in a 72-hour span in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, making it one of the deadliest three-day periods in recent memory, state attorney general's office spokesman Arturo Sandoval told CNN Sunday.

Among the dead were four police officers from three different agencies, Sandoval said.

"This is the worst violence we've seen this year," he said, referring to the three days from Thursday through Saturday.

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  1. Stan Kerns

    BUILD THE FENCE

    February 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom

      Read a book.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Uh Huh

    Oh, yes, let's all go to France, because the French sooooooo love the Americans!

    February 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Craig

    Legalize and tax the drugs like cigarettes. Black market crime always follows banning of things like this. Remember prohibition? learn anything from it? tax the drugs and the money will help relieve the debt problems of the US and will eliminate the financial incetives for drug trafficing gangs. It is not like the current laws are stopping drug useage. all the law does is fund the bad guys. Isn't this obvious?

    February 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Txgrandma

      The US Govt. has heard us loud and clear. Most people want cannabis legal cause all the killings in Mexico and hassles & swat team in America by police are not worth it Obama said Legalizing is not in their "agenda". They have to have some reason to bust your door down just so they can take your guns away and disarm you!

      February 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bc

    If all the Americans that do drugs would stop, all those killings would also! Just think about that when you're enjoying your illegal drugs. Demand = Supply = Killings

    February 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tstorm

      Do you need any help peeling off the "Got Hope" and "Coexist" bumper stickers off your POS Prius??? Maybe there's a nice shop in Juarez that can help you out you worthless no good anti American regect!!!

      February 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • afc

      The irony here is thick. Don't voice your opinion or you will be marked as anti-american! But it would also be anti-american to tell you to stop being, well, so anti-american.

      February 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natasha

      And how about all the women that are murdered as they go to/from work to build you the TV you watch or the computer monitor you're using to read this message? The problems in Juarez are not a result of drug cartels. Cartels are used to cover up the truth about the role the US government and NAFTA have in this horrendous situation. Consider buying only fair trade products or products made in the USA and perhaps you might just save a life.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bc

    Not all Mexico is like that, just came back from Playa del Carmen 30 minutes from Cancun. A very small town and very safe, filled with Americans and Europeans enjoying the turquoise water in the Caribbean.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • pra

      Not for long !!!!!!

      February 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Uh Huh

    The US are not the only ones with drug problems. It's a big world out there. Uh huh, that's right, I said it!

    February 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. AtheistAndroid

    Mexican weed is dirt. You want that Amsterdam hydro. Even if the US legalized pot you'd still need to cut off the cartel's other sources of income (Heroin, Cocaine, Meth, Ecstasy, Human trafficking). Losing marijuana dollars would hurt, but they'd probably just focus on the other stuff. The US military is protecting the Heroin production in Afghanistan where +80% of heroin comes from. The US also gives $billions of dollars to Colombia where 80% of cocaine comes from. Obviously they need to cut off the sources as the Mexicans are simply the middle man. With pot, heroin, and cocaine out of the picture the cops would have more resources to fight the other sources of income. I don't believe there is one US politician that wants drugs off the streets. They are wasting our tax dollars on trying to out spend the cartels, because the cartels are willing to murder any politician or their family which trumps money bribes. The politicians would rather live than get paid.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. George

    Mexicans are not allowed to have guns, plain and simple this is what happens. When citizens are stripped of their right to bear arms here you are. The only ones who have them are the criminals.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. john

    Well that's what you get in a third world country where people are uneducated, have no morals, and generally are just a bunch of idiots. Taking a life over drugs, god will take care of them later. Legalize marijuana, and the main problem is solved. no need for cartels, because whatever moron in this country believes that people won't continue to use drugs is the dumbest person that i can possibly imagine. Pot is much less harmful than say alcohol, but that is a different subject all together. Legalize and put restrictions on it, and problem solved. The government is the one that lets it through there ports, and borders, Hum!! i wonder, and they will never ever be able to stop people from putting what they want in to there bodies, its there life, so just leave them alone and legalize it, because you never going to stoop it anyways. Peace to everyone!!!!!!!!!

    February 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jack

    The war on drugs has failed and kills far more people than the drugs themselves ever do. Prohibition doesn't work. Telling people not to do drugs is like telling people not to drink during prohibition – it ain't gonna happen.

    A simple solution is to legalize the stuff. At least legalize weed, if nothing else, since this will cut into the cartel's profits and make it much harder for them to do business and the substance is far less destructive than alcohol anyway.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. LemonMeister

    Who will grow some balls? Obviously their is no Elliot Nest in Mexico. Illegal aliens would rather cross the border than to become martyrs for the Mexican Cause.Sorry wasn't a female in charge going to be a fearless instigator of change in this sister city to El Paso Texas? We need to shift some of our assets to this area. Obviously the paid mercenary's that work for various government involved have a less volatile area to cash their paychecks. A wall of bullets by the Brave forging a new World for Mexico unfortunately will have to happen. I Pray for these souls, nothing else will make it happen. Your future life you will be rewarded, the squalor you live in now is not the answer from within.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. ed

    It's not like drugs are a new problem.
    This was caused by the failed "war on drugs" that was a joke since the US won't even make a border fence and defends the Heroin and Cocaine producers because of politics. Legalize drugs in the US and it ends the drug cartels and helps the economy. Do you think non drug addicts will start buying Heroin just because it's not illegally imported? I doubt it. This like prohibition, it causes nothing but problems and did no good.

    February 21, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. hdt

    Last I knew Juarez, Mexico wasn't in the US. Then why is it listed under the US news. Come on CNN!

    February 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. BIG MAMA CORNBREAD

    .....30 PLUS YEARS TOO LATE.

    February 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Natasha

    Dear CNN,

    I am sickened by this news. And what is even more shocking to me is the fact that this story is not headline news. I know there is a lot of crazy crap happening in the mid East, but the problems in Mexico are not just a result of drugs but mostly a result of what government has done to reduce production costs of the goods that people like you and me purchase. The cartels is just a pathetic cover-up of reality. Anyone that doesn't agree has their head in the sand.

    CNN, I urge you to spotlight this horrendous situation. But I know you won't. Not only will government crush it, you don't have the courage.

    If you are reading this, you can help. Start with ensuring that what you buy is fair trade, or made in the USA/Canada. It might even save a life.

    Natasha (Toronto, Canada)

    February 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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