Thursday, February 26, 2009
Mexico's federal attorney general says more than 1,000 people have been killed in the first eight weeks of this year, but he believes that drug violence is reaching its peak.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora says 6,290 people were killed last year in drug violence. His description is the most specific accounting yet of killings that more than doubled the 2007 toll.
He says the violence suggests the world's most powerful drug cartels are "melting down" as they engage in turf wars and fight off a nationwide government crackdown.
Medina Mora, speaking Thursday, also applauded the arrest of more than 700 Sinaloa cartel members in the United States.