Mexico deploys 1000s forces in W state

Mexican soldiers patrolling in the Morelia, the capital of Michoacan (file photo)

Mexico has deployed thousands of security forces to fight drug-related violence in the western state of Michoacan.

According to sources close to the countryâ„¢s defense ministry, some 2,000 army soldiers, 2,000 marines, and 1,000 police officers were sent to Michoacan, on Monday.

The new deployment comes a week after the Mexican government sent 1,000 police forces and named an army brigadier general in the western state.

Michoacan is one of the countryâ„¢s poorest states and is home to traditional drug routes. It is also a major hub for the production of methamphetamine in Mexico.

Gangs regularly fight over territory in an area of rugged mountains, where they set up laboratories to produce the drug as well as marijuana and opium.

In April, at least 10 people were killed in drug-related clashes in Michoacan.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against Mexicoâ„¢s drug cartels in December 2006.

Current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to reduce the crime rate as he continues the campaign against the drug cartels.


This article originally appeared on : Press TV