November 19, 2019

The Northern Miner featured an article about how Mexico is experiencing record levels of violence. Jose De Bastos, regional intelligence analyst for the Americas, was cited in the article to talk about how "cartels and other organized crime groups carry out attacks on rivals, security forces and civilians with near-full impunity."

“It was already bad and it is getting worse,” Jose De Bastos said of the violence. Homicides are up to 36,685 in 2018 compared to 32,079 in 2017. It is suggested this year's number will be larger.

De Bastos pointed out that it took police five hours to arrive on a scene of a recent attack on a Mormon family. “That shows you there are many areas of Mexico where there simply is no authority.” De Bastos goes on to say “it is correct to say that the Mexican military, police, and recently created National Guard are not in complete control of the entire territory — there are certain areas of Mexico where the government doesn’t reach.”

The article states, "The fractured cartels continue to traffic drugs, but competition and turf wars over routes are forcing some groups to look for other opportunities to make money, like extortion, kidnapping, armed robbery and fuel theft. Guanajuato in central Mexico, for instance, used to be a peaceful state, De Bastos says, but in recent years has become dangerous due to fuel theft from the pipelines that run through it."

Learn more about the recent attack on a large Mormon family in Mexico and how the violence continues to grow.