- CNTV English - CCTV News

Calderon claims to be toughest Mexican president on drugs

12-02-2010 11:18 BJT

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Wednesday that his administration fought drug traffickers more forcefully than any other predecessor.

"The war on drug trafficking has inflicted a loss of more than 10.9 billion U.S. dollars on these criminal organizations," Calderon said at a live-broadcast event marking the fourth anniversary of his presidency.

"This year alone, we have arrested Arturo Beltran Levya, Edgar Valdez and Antonia Cardenas," he added, referring to the drug lords netted in January, August and November, respectively.

Calderon said his government had acted not just against violent criminals, but also the logistics and financing that supports drug smuggling. It had arrested a total of 125,117 people in meeting that goal, announced days after he took office in 2006.

"We have purged, professionalized, retrained and equipped federal justice institutions," he added.

Malcolm Beith, author of The Last Narco, a definitive study on

Mexico's drug traffickers, only agreed with part of Calderon's claims.

"There is no doubt that Calderon has been tougher than his predecessors, in terms of military might, arrests, rooting out corruption and extraditions."

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program