Who Runs Things? The Drug Organizations

Posted on March 12, 2014


Mexico’s state of Quintana Roo hugging the west side of the peninsula of Yucatán virtually did not exist as part of the Republic of Mexico until Cancun and the surrounding area, including Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, developed as tourist attractions. A territory throughout the eighteen and nineteenth centuries Quintana Roo achieved statehood in 1974. Except for the touristed areas with their pristine beaches and five-star accommodations the rest of the newly formed state was virtually unexplored and provided ample sites for the construction of clandestine airstrips for South America-originated flights bearing cocaine to be smuggled into the United States.
With the construction of the landing strips the major drug corporations’ presence on Mexico’s southern borders with Belize and Guatemala increased dramatically. The interconnections among exporters, transporters and purchasers grew more complicated and the transfer points, routes, and the involvement with police, aduanas and legal services underwent constant changes. The fact that the capos were operating in their home territory and the Mexican military was not gave the former the flexibility to counter raids and interventions. As greater evidence piles up to demonstrate that military sweeps, cateos and takeovers have increased rather than diminished the violence associated with the drug trade, journalists, academic investigators and government officials have advocated changes in the management of the “War on Drugs.”
Only when “the structure of power that those controlling the politics of the nation have maintained as accomplices and members of this series of criminal organizations has collapsed” will real solutions be possible, Guillermo Garduño-Valero, a specialist in national security analysis from Mexico’s Metropolitan University insists. The drug corporations had become so powerful politically that both the federal and state governments have become subservient to them and despite occasional arrests and assaults on organization leaders they have diminishing influence over the lucrative trade.
From HIDDEN DANGERS by Robert Joe Stout, scheduled for release in July 2014drug tradfe

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