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A total of 1,800 Mexican National Guard personnel will deploy to Sonora starting July 1 to help fight the escalating violence attributed cartel and gang turf wars. The state primarily abuts Arizona.
Sonora is seeing a spike in cartel violence involving armed confrontations between criminal gangs, kidnappings, and attacks of police officers. In 2019, a total of 10 officers have been gunned down throughout the state–nearly matching the tally of 11 in 2018, according to local reports.
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The deployment of additional personnel was announced at a press conference by National Public Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo Montaño and the Comandante of the National Guard, Luis Rodríguez Bucio.
The 1,800 personnel will be distributed throughout four regions with 450 assigned to each. The capital city of Hermosillo was selected as the headquarters for the construction of one of five forensic centers as well.
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The municipality of Cajeme (Ciudad Obregón) will receive 300 personnel, due to it being considered the most violent, say local reports. Hermosillo will receive 150 of the additional personnel.
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