AP – Mexico’s government says homicides rose by 22 percent in 2016. It’s the highest rate of increase since the height of the drug war. Official statistics show that Mexico had 20,789 homicides in 2016, compared to 17,034 in 2015. Some states saw murders rise by dizzying levels. Homicides in Colima more than tripled, and in Veracruz, they more than doubled.