September 2nd, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Calderon touts successes in Mexico's war on drug cartels

Mexican authorities have had significant successes against drug traffickers, President Felipe Calderon said in his fourth annual state-of-the-nation speech Thursday, noting that three major kingpins have been captured or killed in the past year.

In addition, Calderon said, authorities have arrested 125 cartel cell leaders or lieutenants and captured 5,108 hitmen since he took office in December 2006.

The war on organized crime he heightened after taking office also has led to the confiscation of $10 billion worth of drugs and the seizure of 34,000 motor vehicles, nearly 500 aircraft, 365 boats and 80,000 firearms, of which 50,000 were assault rifles, Calderon said.

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  1. ::: on sale at :::

    two similar accidents in the same place in a few months CAN'T BE a "coincidence"
    could they be a terrorists attack?
    could the Earth become like this:
    however, I hope, that, this time, they'll use THIS TOOL to STOP the oil leak in a few hours:

    September 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Leslie Morris

    i dont think Calderon knows how many of his police, federal investagators and other of his perssonel are involved in all this drug and other illegal stuff that is going on in Mexico. as long as it does not directly affect him or his family he will never know jt how bad things are with his citizens.

    September 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr. Zippy

    Mexicans love to be gulled, and their leaders are only too happy to oblige...

    September 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dale schory

    Let's face it people,until people are given the right to use mind altering drugs this stuff is not going to stop. Americans are addicted not so much to drugs as we are to altering our minds.

    September 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Terry P

    Caldern has been smoking locally grown weed.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Leaf

    Thats 1 Drug Cartel Member saying he has caught another. Truth

    1 The Number 2 and 3 on the (WIKI) list of countries by homicide rate are in N. Central America (MEXICO)
    Number 2, South America is Number 3. That is out of 135 countries World Wide.

    2 Ages of consent in Mexico is 12 years old.
    That is still a baby.
    Child rapist is a Felony in the United States of America.
    Who is going to come calling on your daughters?????????????? At age 12?

    3 6 different drugs are LEGAL to carry in MEXICO,
    3 of those Drugs include METH, COCAINE, and HERION.

    4 Drug Cartels are allowed BY THE PEOPLE and government of Mexico to build Grand Mausoleums for themselves after they die.
    These MONSTRACITIES should be destroyed but are allowed in? Your town?
    How do you feel about these being built in your families cemetery?
    That means they live near YOU and YOUR Familia (family).
    Culiacan, Sinoloa is the unofficial capital of Mexico’s drug-trafficking business. Given the shortened lifespan for drug traffickers, shrines and mausoleums honoring fallen narcos have become an integral part of the city’s landscape. David Luhnow and Jose de Cordoba report from Mexico.
    Death is not the end of bravado for Mexican drug traffickers laid to rest in lavish Grand Mausoleums at a cemetery in Culiacán, heart of the Sinaloa cartel.
    How do you and you communities, cities, states, and families feel about these truths?
    Ask you children?

    September 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |