- Ciudad Juarez has seen a persistent increase in deadly violence over the past two years.
- The violence appears in large related to conflict between organized-crime groups.
- The state government has attempted to confront criminals and weed out corruption officials, but crime remains high.
In late 2016, a Mexican cartel boss warned that despite a significant decline in violence in Ciudad Juarez after 2012, the struggle for control of drug trafficking there had never ceased.
“Absolutely nothing has changed, just the order was that we be more discreet, that we don’t shoot at people in the street,” said Jorge, a cell leader for La Linea, a gang linked to the Juarez cartel.
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