In 2011, there were 1,136 people who were killed on the island of Puerto Rico. The murder rate in Puerto Rico is 5 times the average of murders in the United States.
Officials state that illegal drugs and trafficking is associated with 70 percent of all murders in the territory.
The drug trade in Puerto Rico is estimated to contribute $9 Billion, or 20 percent to the island’s GDP.
Source: Catherine Shoichet, “Puerto Rico: A forgotten front in America’s drug war?,” CNN, June 9, 2012.