Jul 26, 2010

Whack-a-mole: War on drugs

Editor´s Question: Now just what is it that the U.S. government is accomplishiing with the Merida Initiative and other cooperative efforts that focus on the Mexican justice system in the "war on drugs"? (see today's two other posts: on Washington Post editorial proposing that the U.S. is not doing enough. and on the PBS documentary Presumed Guilty)

Mexico police: Inmates were freed long enough to carry out revenge killings"Prison guards loaned their own weapons to the killers, who went on to slay 17 at a birthday party in Coahuila state, authorities say. Inmates from the same prison are suspected in other attacks." July 25, 2010, LA Times

U.S. charges top leaders of Tijuana-based drug cartel "Federal authorities announced a wide-ranging criminal complaint Friday against top leaders of a Tijuana-based drug cartel that ran much of its operations from the San Diego area, allegedly ordering murders, kidnappings and the torture of rival traffickers in Mexico.

The racketeering conspiracy case charges 43 people, among them high-ranking lieutenants, Mexican police officers and a top official in the Baja California attorney general's office who allegedly passed along information obtained from U.S. law enforcement sources to cartel operatives. (Editor's emphasis) " July 23, 2010, LA Times

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