Crime and Violence · Transparency & accountability

Federal investigations increase nearly 300% during the first four months of the year

Between January and April of 2010, the number of investigations opened regarding federal crimes reached an all-time high of 46,000. This number is a 300% increased from 2009 when looking at the same time period. In 2008, 12,600 investigations had taken place while in 2007 the number was at around 12,000.

According to a report from the Attorney General (La Procuraduría General de la República – PGR), the statistics from 2009 indicated 10.5 crimes per 100,000 citizens. In 2010, that ratio increased to 43 crimes per 100,000 citizens. The data from 2010 is the highest ever reported during the term of President Felipe Calderon.

The amount of crimes against health (drug-trafficking related crimes) reached more than 18,500 in 2010. Since 2007, the total number during the first four months of the year had been steadily decreasing each year up to 2009 before skyrocketing this year. This year’s high number makes up for nearly 40% of all federal crimes.


Otero, Silvia. “Delitos federales repuntan en 2010.” El Universal. 22 June, 2010.

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