Feb 9, 2012

Drug War: Mexico's Presidential Election and the Cartel War

An analysis of why the Mexican government has not been able to capture the most powerful cartel boss, Sinaloa cartel's Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman: he has too many government officials on his payroll. If he were caught, he could expose them and bring them all down.

STRATFOR: "many of (Stratfor's) contacts are saying that the Calderon administration could attempt to pull off some sort of last-minute political coup (in U.S. political parlance, an "October surprise") to boost the PAN's popularity so it can retain the presidency. The potential election ploy most often discussed is the capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, .... The reasoning goes that if the government could catch Guzman, Calderon's (and hence the PAN's) popularity would soar.

Still, very real questions exist about whether such an operation really would give the PAN the boost it needs to retain the presidency, however.... Political considerations aside, the factors that have helped Guzman avoid capture thus far are the very same factors that inhibit the Mexican government's ability to capture him.

... Quite simply, Guzman and the Sinaloa cartel have had police and military officers, politicians, journalists and judges on their payroll for years and even decades. This intelligence agency-like approach has permitted the Sinaloa leadership to construct a wide web of assets with which to gather intelligence and serve as its agents of influence." read more

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