Another dead narco… although…
Some narco from a backwater mountain town — celebrated for his local charitable contributions and support for community projects; tight with the local law enforcement and legal establishment; the kind of guy for whom the locals make excuses and cover up his whereabouts when he evades the federal authorities — dropped dead here the other day, apparently of “natural causes”… which might be a “man bites dog story”, though there’s a catch.
James Tyler, a disbarred Montezuma, Colorado attorney (following a 1992 conviction for narcotics distribution) skipped bail in November 2006 while facing charges for, among other things, “possession with intent to distribute marijuana, schedule II controlled substances (which can include opiates and cocaine) and schedule IV controlled substances (which can include prescription stimulants and depressants), as well as distribution of a schedule I controlled substance (which can include LSD and heroin).” The people who claimed they didn’t know where he was knew enough to call the United States Consular Agent in Mazatlán for details about Tyler’s death, indicating that quite a few people knew where he was hiding.
In common parlance, the guy was an illegal alien (his brother said he was working here, which suggests he either was working without a Forma Migratoria — his “gringo card” — or obtained one fraudulently), taking a job from Mexicans, as well as a wanted criminal. Since he was in poor health, one can assume he was also taking advantage of our health care system
I never met the guy: Mazatlán is a municipio of about a million people, and I don’t hang with the golf-course crowd anyway. I have nothing for or against his residence here having been an illegal alien in Mexico at one time myself (though not a criminal one), but from Sinaloa, Robert Allen’s wonderful reporting for the Frisco, Colorado Summit Daily News on the local “community leader” as a colorful rogue and living exemplar of the myth of the “one who got away to Mexico” does not go over all that well.
I wonder how sympathetic the media north of the border would be if a small town Mexican former public official turned out to be a narco and went “on the lam” to, say, Colorado.
“Tyler also sponsored a community softball team. He planted aspen trees along his property, took care of his neighbors’ pets and supported young musicians across the county,” Allen writes. North of the border, one would expect the media to respond with incredulity and outrage when some small town Sinaloan narco is seen as a local hero, and would hint at endemic corruption when a local narco gives to a charity, or helps out a children’s fund. Let alone when the local narco was also a former elected official. How are our civic-minded gangsters so different from the late Mr. Tyler?
As far as I know, the late Mr. Tyler did not have anyone tortured to death, or chop off anyone’s head. Of course, he didn’t have to: yet.
The fact is that guys like Tyler — even if they philosophically believe in legalizing drugs in their own country — are financing mass murder here.
The United States being willing, as a society, to either tolerate or not treat (beyond incarceration) the huge percentage of its population that are narcotics users, expects Mexico to “hold the line” by violent means on what’s often the only profitable enterprise in those small communities in rural Sinaloa, where you find entrepreneurial and civic-minded “community leaders” — as attached to their hometown as was Tyler.
And, like those “’Montezuma boys’… a self-sufficient group who took direct action when necessary”, our local entrepreneurs are going to take “direct action” to protect their community and their business. If that means threatening local farmers who don’t wish to grow the crops the local businesses can export, then “community leaders” are going to pressure the farmers. If it means kidnapping (and later murdering) migrant workers, so be it. That’s what people like Tyler supply the money and (indirectly, perhaps) the weapons to do, as well as turning an unfortunate economic situation into a violent confrontation between local businesses and the state, one not to Mexico’s benefit.
Robert Allen quotes Mountain Gazette editor John Fayhee, who says of Tyler, “A lot of people in Montana and Wyoming are real libertarian, but they’re rednecks,” Fayhee said. “He was a liberal libertarian. He loved to party. He believed in liberal causes.” Well, fine: Lorenzo Meyer recently suggested that Mexico stop fighting the “cartels”, but I might go further, suggesting the country simply legalize the distribution and sale of a product not much in demand here, but obviously wanted north of the border.
Forget the nonsense about “drugs cartels infiltrating the government”… they obviously do, even in small town Colorado. How the United States deals with its drug problem is its own business. If we stop fighting THEIR war, those “libertarians” (i.e., anarchists with property) can figure out how to enforce their own business rules. They can go chopping each others’ heads off, shooting each other up and leave us alone. And keep their criminals at home.