Organized crime kills 38 in Mexico

Organized crime has left 38 people killed in Mexico despite a promise by the newly-inaugurated president to reduce violence.

Mexican police announced on Tuesday that 22 bodies were found in the capital of Mexico City over the weekend and at least 16 bodies in the region of Toluca.

Many of the bodies in Toluca were dismembered and signs of torture were visible and some of them had notes beside them from drug gangs.

Recently inaugurated President Enrique Pena Nieto has stated that his government’s top priorities for the country would be to decrease crime and violence.

On December 17, 2012, Nieto presented new measures such as introducing a new 10,000 national police force to reduce crime and also set aside 8.8 billion dollars for social programs aimed at crime prevention.

During the first month in office, Mexican media outlets have estimated that more than 1,000 people have been killed across the country. This is a faster rate than when former President Felipe Calderon held power.

A number of drug lords have been arrested or killed and an estimated 70,000 Mexicans have been killed in drug-related violence over the past six years.