According to data released by the Attorney General of the Republic (la Procuraduría General de la República – PGR), the amount of grenades confiscated increased by more than 700% from 2007 through 2009. Following a day in which grenades were used in multiple attacks throughout different states in Mexico, these released statistics show how much more common the use of grenades is today compared to three years ago.
From January through June of 2007, only 139 grenades were seized. By the end of the year, the number increased to 547. From January through June in 2008, the number of grenades seized had almost surpassed the year total of 2007 with 531 reported takings. However, during that same period in 2009 the number of confiscated grenades skyrocketed to 1,133.
Most of the grenades come from the United States and South Korea. Although information on the market for grenades is vague, it is known that many of them can be ordered via the internet. Prices vary from $50 – $100 depending on how many are bought at a time.