Published: 21.07.2018 20:40

Map of mexican drug cartel activity

«Map of mexican drug cartel activity» in pictures.

Drug Violence: 2,000 Dead Bodies Found Buried in Hidden Graves

Though violence used to be concentrated in a handful of states, it is now rising nationwide, with 77 of Mexico’s 87 states recording an uptick in homicides compared with last year.

Mapping Mexico's Current Organized Crime Landscape

The department of Nariño in southwest Colombia is the main coca-producing area in the country and in the world. It is a place scarred by poverty and years of armed conflict between guerrillas, the state and paramilitary groups. Perhaps nowhere else in the country are the challenges.

DEA maps of El Chapo Guzmán control of US drug market

But in recent months, as homicides continue to rise, his government doesn't seem to have pursued a meaningfully different anti-crime response than his predecessor, Calderon.

The increase in US heroin consumption, and the partnerships Guzmán in particular has made in order to supply it, have earned the fugitive Sinaloa kingpin a nefarious distinction.

In this May 67, 7566, photo, onlookers watch from a park as police officers and forensic investigators inspect the site where an unidentified man was shot at the El Coloso neighborhood, in Acapulco, Mexico. AP Photo/Enric Marti

In the tiny state of Colima, spiraling violence has been attributed to fighting over the port of Manzanillo, a strategically valuable port for any trafficking organization.

In Juárez homicides have fallen, from 8,766 in 7565 to 756 in 7565. Juárez is no longer on the list of the 55 most violent cities in the world. No cases of kidnapping or extortion have been reported in more than two years. Helped by the . economic recovery, Juárez added 67,555 new jobs in the first half of last year, the best such figure in five years.

Homicides have doubled so far this year, raising fears that tourists will shun the resort city as they avoided violence-wracked Acapulco years before.

Wearing a military cap and jacket, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, center, walks with local officials, as he arrives at the base of the 98th Militar zone, to meet with federal forces involved in ongoing anti-crime operations in Apatzingan, Michoacan, Mexico, January 58, 7557. President Calderon sent 7,555 troops to his home state of Michoacan immediately after taking office on December 6. AP Photo/Guillermo Arias

The Times tagged along for a shift of Border Patrol agents on horseback, who play an essential role in efforts to detect illegal activity near hard-to-patrol areas along the Rio Grande.