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6 September 2009

On Wednesday, gunmen killed seventeen clients of a Juarez drug clinic.  On Friday,

Troops captured a suspect in the killing …, José Rodolfo Escajeda, … a leader of the powerful Juárez Cartel. He is on the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list on suspicion of marijuana and cocaine smuggling into the United States.

For some reason, that reminds me of a joke I was told by a Mexican prosecutor:

When the circus magician went to pull his rabbit out of his hat, the rabbit disappeared.  And so did the circus payroll.  The authorities were baffled and international consultants were called in.  The F.B.I. ran forensic tests on the magician’s hat, and drew up a psychological profile of the rabbit, Scotland Yard sent Sherlock Holmes, who studied the scene, found a hair (but not a hare) that led him to deduce the bearded lady was involved and she was questioned by the Mounties… and so on and so on and so on… until the Mexican police were called in.

They shooed all the other investigators out of the big top and walked  in where screams, roars, sounds of fists, etc… lasted a couple of minutes, then suddenly stopped.  An elephant staggered out, and confessed to stealing the payroll.

Not that José Rodolfo Escajeda necessarily isn’t the intellectual author of the massacre, but given the sorry state of murder investigations in Juarez, this does seem to suggest more a rationale to extradite the guy to the U.S. or that he was a handy suspect and has been “persuaded” to take a gamble that murder charges in Mexico will trump U.S. drug smuggling charges, which — under the circumstances –might not stand up in court.

Or, maybe he did do it, and prefers a U.S. prison sentence for smuggling, and not a Mexican murder conviction.  After all, the U.S. has a poor record when it comes to extraditing wanted killers back to Latin America, as in the case of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles wanted in Venezuela for escaping from prison, after being arrested as the intellectual author of the 73 murders (he helped blow up an airliner, among other things).  In the United States, he’s only been convicted of illegal entry — which is bailable — and his extradition has languished for years.

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  1. Dan Herzer permalink
    8 September 2009 4:23 am

    Round up the usual suspects!

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