Jun 8, 2011

Official gives size of drug cartel armies in Juarez, Mexico

From the El Paso Times

9,000 cartel members estimated to be in Juárez
By Diana Washington Valdez \ EL PASO TIMES
Posted: 06/08/2011 07:56:22 AM MST

The Chihuahua prosecutor general said Tuesday that within the Juárez region there are more than 9,000 active drug cartel members.
It is the first time a Mexican official has quantified the warring drug cartel organizations' membership.
Carlos Manuel Salas, the state's chief prosecutor, provided the figures and other information in a statement after a meeting between Chihuahua officials and business leaders and ex-Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who was invited to Juárez to discuss security issues.
Salas said Chihuahua officials have rejected the manner in which Juárez has become stigmatized by being called the most violent city in the world.
"What happened is that the cartels entered into a conflict, and then