Mexico’s Nationwide Crime Crackdown Captures 3,700

More than 3,700 people were arrested in the first six days of a nationwide effort by Mexico’s state police forces to crack down on street crime.

Final figures from the week-long push, called Conago-1, are set to be released Monday 20. The operation ran from June 13 to 19.

Ebrard announced that the purpose of this collaboration by state authorities was “to prevent and combat crimes such as vehicle theft, robberies on public transport, kidnapping, to recover weapons, dismantle criminal gangs.”

The operation involved 310,000 police troops across the country, and by Sunday had resulted in 3,705 arrests, the seizure of 131 weapons, and the recovery of 1,258 stolen vehicles. Due to the reported success of the operation, the state governors’ association is discussing making it permanent.