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. themappy

    wow, great article.

    February 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      hahaha...i know right

      February 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trey

      Yeah, great content!

      February 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      Yes it was compelling and yet left me wanting more.

      February 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Felipe

      Wow one information packed run on sentence. A journalistic record.

      February 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • thymat

      .......Very simple..........Legalize all pot.........No money in it............No pushers.... ...No problem............

      February 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      Hit the Full Story link at the end....

      February 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Can't we just nuke that Cartel and rebuild Mexico. They are way out of control and need to be stopped. I'm not sure why the US isn't using more force to stop them.

    February 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Say No to WASPs

      Yeah ok. You going to foot the bill? Moron.

      February 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      Because the U.S. is making a lot of money from the Cartels

      February 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • richardkerry

      Because it's Mexico, not U S of A. We only do that sort of things in bravado type movies; you know, where Stallone, et al., go in there and kick the bad guy's behind. In reality, those bad guys are a lot smarter than anyone we have working against them. I'm not praising these mindless zombies, but just showing they continue to outsmart our so-called best anti drug brigades. America is also the numero uno drug culture on the planet, which keeps these cretins, the cartels, feeling fairly omnipotent. Certainly, they are the penultimate evil on the planet today. They appear to be unstoppable, as well. The police and military are afraid of them, so are the government officials. I would be, too, since these guys like to make examples out of those who cross their path. Sorry, but the pessimism is warranted. We're dealing with monsters who have no hearts, no souls, but clever minds and billions of dollars. If you want to make a dent in that racket, tell people on this side of the border to clean up their act and stop being users. It's really the only wakeup call to both sides of the issue. RK

      February 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maureen

      because another country can't just come in and do whatever they would like to.

      February 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candid One

      The US market for illegal drugs would only find new sources–and our domestic gangs are older than those cartels. Prohibition didn't spawn international cartels; it spawned backyard cottage industries, local stills. We already have local meth labs and pot growers. The US is Mexico's problem, not vice versa.

      February 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • rrock

      Just business. We sell the weapons and they sell the drugs.

      February 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      It's terrorism, so they should employ the army to gut them out, not the police, that's a joke. If there is a will, there's a way, except I'm suspecting the government has not taken this step as the money with which they are bribed is too sweet to turn away.

      February 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2012 DoomsDay

      The drug cartels operate in and out of the border states, daily. Citizens, often comprised of ex-military, some special forces, actually take vacation time to go down to the border and fight the "war", as they call it. Yes, they are killing Mexicans that come across the border daily, shooting at them and trying to kill them on American soil. Whenever they make a kill, they keep the military equipment and weapons for their future efforts. Its all because the US Gov. is ignoring the problem. Otherwise, you would be reading how Americans in cities near the border were daily daily. Think about that and ponder, its real.

      February 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • humpty dumpty

      funny thing about nukes.... they have not been able to master the art of programming the radiation to stop at international borders which, from Juarez, is not very far if you hunt up a map.

      February 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. artful dodger

    A 3 line, one sentense "article" gets 3rd listing in the recent news section? Is this what passes for journalism these days?

    February 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ha ha ha


      February 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matthew

    Very informative.

    February 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RickyL

    Sounds like two gangs fighting to me.

    February 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Very astute, RickyL, apparently you are a genius, did you figure that out on your own?

      February 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ryanguy

    I say we round them all up and throw them in a big room with a pile of guns. Let them have at it and get it over with once and for all. Frickin' animals is what they are.

    February 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Just Say No to WASPs

    Keep up the good work America, your really helping to stop the drug cartels.

    February 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • 210

      your reli grate att speling

      February 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Say No To Idiots

      fyi, when trying to be sarcastic on the internet, it's smart to check one's spelling

      February 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • maurypovich

      man, the guy didn't actually misspell anything. your and you're. BFD.

      February 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Say No to WASPs

      Grammar nazis can go eat a bowl of schlong.

      February 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubblepuppy

      "Your" = pronoun that defines ownership. Your car, your cat, your diamond ring.
      "You're" = a contraction which is shorthand for "you are". You're grammar illiterate. You're nuts.

      Glad to help out! Here's your grammar ticket. See you in English language court.

      February 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ignorance is NOT bliss

      Oh please, do be more subjective about it. The fact is the Mexican people do nothing to aid in stopping it. They live in fear of their own government and police forces since many of them are taking cartel money. How do you propose that gets dealt with in, or by, the USA? Short of invasion and wiping the slate clean of their police and government (which we have no right or place to do), there is very little the average US citizen can do. Being so egocentric and believing that the US is the root of all of the worlds troubles just screams of ignorance.

      I know many say that it is because of the drug use in the US. To an extent, yes it is, but when and if Mexico cleans it's act up those users will merely find other ways to get what they want from other sources (Were you alive in the 80's when Colombia was a far bigger problem as far as drugs were concerned?). Change has to start with the Mexican people themselves, and do not say they can't fight the cartels because that is completely false. At least one rebellion in human history was won against far mightier forces with nothing more than numbers and determination. Many were armed with nothing more than simple farmers tools and they made sweeping change. Thousands of angry and fed up people are a far greater threat to something like the cartels than the police forces can ever begin to muster. If they gathered enough in protest of the cartels and did something like, oh I dunno, helping to block smuggling routes, the cartels would be out of business in no time flat. Even cartels don't have enough ammo to fight thousands of people determined to fight back. I'd say that is an easily proven fact, just look over at the middle east right now.

      Stop blaming others for the shortcomings of those that do little to deal with the root of the real problem. It's so easy to sit there pointing the finger and being opinionated though, is it not? The fact remains that these cartels are only as brazen as they are because nobody stands up to them the way they should besides a small fraction of the police/military forces. When half or more of said police forces are taking bribes and or paying protection money, then the problem falls to the citizens to take back what is theirs. It's up to them to clean up their country. The US has enough of it's own messes to clean up.

      February 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. krissy

    Wow, it's really getting out of control.

    February 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. All of you are weak judgemental losers


    February 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryanguy judgmental of you...

      February 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andy

    Just make pot legal so the cartel can quit making money off us. This is so stupid!

    February 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryanguy

      Pot?????? LOL...

      February 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohhiya

      The cartels would still make money, it go straight from the fields to wal-mart/walgreens. Of course they wouldn't be Cartels anymore, they'd be successful business owners, lobbiest and politicans. Just the kind of guys we need in charge of the mexican army.

      February 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • star

      ohhhlya, EXCELLENT point the potheads never want to consider. You are exactly right. Well said.

      February 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Won't help. It is not only about pot; there is also cocaine, heroin and meth-amphetamine in the trafficking mix. Nice try though, I wouldn't put up much of a fuss if pot were legalized.

      February 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicolas

      It's cocaine and heroin that drives the international drug trade these days, foolio. Legalizing pot would just strengthen our already thriving domestic production.

      February 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ohhiya

      no idiot. the cartels wouldnt just control walmart. what are you even talking about? you sound high right now. why would the owners of walmart have to relinquish rights to their stores? weed would be legal at Exxon, Valero, Stop-N-Go, Shell. The need for a dangerous and shady drug dealer would be totally wiped out. Violence over weed would be a thing of the past. Do you really think all the methheads, and crackheads would still let themselves get busted and go to jail if they can just relax and LEGALLY smoke weed? and, probably a lot of violence in america would also stop. instead of being depressed and shooting up a school, you can have a little weed to relax you. or instead of domestic violence, the husband and wife can say, lets stop fighting and smoke a little weed to calm down; i never met anyone that wanted to get violent after they smoked some weed. MLK had his dream, and this is my dream. a peaceful, coexistence with weed. heck, obama used to smoke weed and now he is president. what does that say about weed as a "gateway" drug? it says that it's a weak argument to label something as a gateway drug. did drinking Coke in the 1800's lead to people using cocaine? of course not.

      February 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • @star

      how is that an excellent point? at least give your own opinion and not just "Like" someone's point. this isnt facebook. BTW, that is a really lame point. cartels members' jobs are to kill people, how can they successfully run businesses? they are trianed for war and trained to kill. we all know that killers make good salesman right? *sarcasm*

      February 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ignorance is NOT bliss

      So what do you do when they move onto selling meth and crack? Legalize it? If you think things are bad with them selling their cheap weed, wait until they see the big money of the other drugs, which will in turn allow them to buy bigger and nastier weapons and hire more goons. Your logic has more holes in it than Paris Hilton's head.

      February 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sjml

    Pretty soon we won't be able to call Mexicans in this country illegals, we will have to call them refugees.

    February 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dega

    legalize pot, problem solved.

    February 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryanguy

      If it was pot they were fighting over, they'd be shooting rubber bands at each other.

      February 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Felipe

      Drug tests for all, immediate execution for those that fail.

      February 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Say No to WASPs

      @ Felipe: Someone should execute your sorry ass. Now go suck on your Prozac teat some more.

      February 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    Way too much information.

    February 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. holycownyc

    This is not an article.

    February 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ray Ray

    Shortest report ever

    February 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
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