Mexico’s Drug Death Toll Double What Reported, Expert Argues

The death toll in Mexico’s bloody drug war has been hotly debated since outgoing President Felipe Calderón declared an offensive on the country’s drug cartels back in 2006.

The Mexican government, human rights groups and the media argued over the actual body count, until most media outlets finally settled on 50,000 as an approximate number for those killed in violence. However, a border and Latin American specialist at the New Mexico State University Library posits that the actual number is much higher…by almost double.

Molly Molloy, a researcher at New Mexico State University who maintains the Mexican news and discussion site Frontera List, has kept a detailed record of the bloodshed and estimates that the total homicides from December 2006 through June 2012 to stand at 99,667, according to an article written by Molloy in the Phoenix New Times.

“Assuming that a similar rate of murder continues through the remaining months of this year, the homicide toll at the end of Calderón’s presidency will add up to 110,061 victims,” continued Molloy.

The Mexican government along with some media outlets state that 90 percent of those killed in the violence involved in the drug trade, Molloy argues that out of the 10,800-plus victims killed in the border city of Ciudad Juárez since 2007 the vast majority of them had no involvement in the cartels. With a population of only 1.2 million residents, Ciudad Juárez accounts for 10 percent of all of Mexico’s murder victims since 2007.

– Read the entire article at Fox News Latino.