The recent spate of killings leading to the increase in troops is believed to be due to the recent arrest of drug boss Arnoldo Rueda in Michoacan.
In the next step of the continuing battle between the Mexican government and the country’s powerful drug cartels, 5,500 police and military personnel are being sent to the state of Michoacan, where recent drug-related violence has killed 20 government security agents.
Mexico’s government is sending 5,500 police and military personnel to Michoacan state, which has seen a surge in violence linked to drug cartels.
Twenty police officers and troops have been killed in the state in suspected revenge attacks for the arrest of an alleged cartel boss last weekend.
Since 2006, more than 45,000 troops and tens of thousands of police have been deployed to tackle Mexican drug gangs.