Those numbers far exceed the last official figure of 47,500 drug-war dead released under Calderon, whose government stopped releasing an official count in September of last year.
The exact figures were crossed out by hand in copies of Osorio Chong’s speech provided to reporters and replaced by the less specific ‘‘thousands of people’’ dead and disappeared.
Members of Pena Nieto’s staff said the exact figures had been crossed out at the request of Osorio Chong’s office but did not offer details.
The number of drug-related homicides has been a point of contention among the Mexican government and its critics, with human-rights groups and other outside observers saying they believed the number to be far higher than Calderon’s last official figure.
In August, Calderon told the National Public Security Council that homicides linked to organized crime had dropped 15 percent nationwide in the first six months of 2012, without providing any specific figures details on the source of his figures. In response to an open records request from The Associated Press, the Mexican government said Monday that Calderon had based his statement on figures showing a 15 percent reduction in all intentional homicides in only six states with a heavy presence of organized crime — Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Baja California, Sinaloa, Zacatecas and Coahuila.
Calderon has become a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government since leaving office. Asked about Calderon’s use of the apparently misleading figures, the Kennedy School referred questions to Calderon’s former spokesman, who declined to comment.