Dorian Hargrove 12:47 p.m., May 19
PGR: Drug related crimes plummeting in Baja California
Official report states lower drug crime in state and nation for start of year
The Attorney General’s Office of Mexico (Procuraduría General de la República or PGR) released positive statistics on drug related crime in the state of Baja California on Monday, March 18th. The report states that 141 crimes related to drug trafficking were reported in January of 2013, compared to 706 crimes during January of 2012. Exact numbers were not given, yet it was noted that the majority of the drug crimes were possession arrests.
Other states of note that saw a large drop in drug crimes were Jalisco, the Federal District, Sinaloa, Veracruz, and Nuevo León. The nation in total reportedly saw drug crimes drop from 4,596 criminal reports in January of 2012, to 1,515 in January of 2013.
Official statistics from the PGR are often criticized by non-governmental agencies, typically citing incomplete collection of data. The reason for the drastic drop in drug related crime was not given with the report.