Ed Bedford 11:44 p.m., June 19
A former police chief of Tijuana, Julián Leyzaola, is being applauded for successfully dropping the murder count in Ciudad Juárez.
The murder rate in Juárez has declined 59% in the first 6 months of 2012 compared to 2011. 2011 saw 1,322 murders in the first half of the year, compared to 653 for the same time period in 2012.
Most analysts attribute the drop in murders to many factors, and not simply the change in police command. The Sinaloa Cartel has taken control of much of the area from the Juárez Cartel, which has dropped previous violent conflicts.
Julián Leyzaola served numerous top security positions in Baja California until early 2011, when he left for Juárez. During his tenure in Baja, despite allegations for using too much force, he aided in the drop in crime across the state.