Drug war bloodshed in Mexico has spiked to record levels, with more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades.
Prosecutors opened 2,234 homicide investigations last month, according to government statistics released Friday. That’s an increase of 40% over June of last year and 80% over June of 2014.
Rising demand for heroin in the United States and a bloody power struggle inside one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels have put the country on track to record more killings in 2017 than in any year since the government began releasing crime data in 1997.
The 12,155 homicide cases opened from January to June make 2017 the deadliest first half of a year.
Though violence used to be concentrated in a handful of states, it is now rising nationwide, with 27 of Mexico’s 32 states recording an uptick in homicides compared with last year.
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