Mar 13, 2012

Drug War: Cartel Members Call for Drug Legalization in Guatemala

Reverse psychology from the drug barons? The supposed support for the decriminalization of drugs by the Zetas in Guatemala should draw skepticism.  

Latin American Herald Tribune: "Supposed members of Mexico’s Los Zetas drug cartel hung bedsheets Monday over heavily traveled boulevards in Guatemala City bearing messages of support for President Otto Perez Molina’s proposal to legalize drugs.

The messages signed by “Zeta 200,” the supposed boss of the Mexican cartel’s cell in Guatemala, also called for a crackdown on youth gangs, which are known as “maras” and blamed by officials for much of the crime in this Central American country.

“Perez and (Vice President Roxana) Baldetti, go through with legalizing drugs, and we support fighting the maras ... Zeta 200” and “A thousand thanks general Otto Perez and Roxana Baldetti for legalizing drugs ... Zeta 200,” the messages left on pedestrian bridges in southwestern and central Guatemala City said.

Police pulled the bedsheets off the overpasses a few hours after they appeared and officials have not commented on them.

Perez Molina has been promoting international debate on the legalization of drug production, transportation, sales and consumption for about a month as a strategy for fighting drug traffickers." read more

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