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Narco-paradise

4 February 2011

Fair and balanced?  Maybe it’s something of a shock to those north of the border who want to blame “corruption” for Mexico’s success as a narcotics exporter, but ever since the Serpent bribed Eve in the Garden, it’s been assumed that the corrupter is more at fault than the corruptee, and there may be a mote in the eye of Mexico, it is worth removing the beam from one’s own.

Translated from Chihuahua Resiste:

“Why is it that the United States, the world’s prime market for stimulants, doesn’t include any prominent drug traffickers among the country’s legendary criminals?

Can you name one contemporary American drug lord?

Of course I am not referring to the famous “gangsters” of prohibition:   Capone, Dillinger [sic*] and Frank Nitti among many other underworld characters who found in our neighbor to the north the right breeding ground for developing international prestige.

We know the names here: Garcia Abrego, Caro Quintero, Guero Palma, the Lord of the Skies, the Arellano brothers, and other Third World leaders of our mob.

So, I ask again:  why is it that the United States — the world’s prime stimulant market — doesn’t have any prominent drug dealers, with their names enshrined proudly among other infamous internationally known criminals, when they are running a enterprise with a value of over 500 billion dollars?

No names standing out for efficiency and popularity. Could it simply be that drug traffickers are the shame of American criminal traditions?

I know! In the United States drug traffic themselves!

The narcotics are left at U.S. borders by Mexican or Latino “camel”s and all on their own, as if by magic, end up in the hands of consumers.

Of all the marijuana consumed in this country [the United States], 35% is produced in Texas, Arizona and California without a field ever being located, without public bonfires of produce, without those responsible being held in a federal prison and their properties auctioned off to the highest bidder.

It just happens that marijuana grows itself, harvests itself distributes itself… and the money launders itself.

Is it not a wonder?

We never see photographs of American drug lords arrested hands and feet shackled, surrounded by FBI agents in their blue jackets, flack vests and helmets, nor of any large police escorts to protect his life of some American drug lord as he is enroute to some meeting where he is expected to betray the the identity of his cohorts and their movements.

In Mexico, the capture of the “famous” capos occupies the front pages of newspapers, and is prominently featured on radio and television.

Evidently, Mexico’s efforts to win the battle against the production and sale of narcotics, are  succeeding.

The United States faces a hard battle against the impunity of a 500 billion dollar plus business selling street narcotics if noone sees anything, hears anything … absolutely nothing… as our Puritan neighbors never catch a capo (or at least don’t publicize it), never burn narcotics caches, or have soldiers or judicial officers or judges or prosecutors killed in the line of duty, or auction off properties, or reveal the names of the authorities involved in drug trafficking.

Noboby knows anything…

Why don’t you know? Very simple: because an unsuspected number of executive authorities, legislators and U.S. federal and state court officers are on the payroll of drug lords.

If nothing is done and nothing is known by anyone from secretaries of state down (Every man for himself), the conclusion is that governors, legislators (senators especially), judges, journalists, police officers of all kinds, the FBI and the DEA and even the infamous and feared Border Patrol —  everyone could be deeply involved in the lucrative narcotics trafficking business just as they were with other criminal imports in the prohibition era.

There is nothing new under the sun.

The only difference is that now the thugs have more power than the state itself.  Never in the history of mankind have criminal gangs had so much money to buy officials, journalists and even entire countries if they so choose.

All thanks to the U.S. dollars that make this possible.

What do the gangsters prefer in exchange for heroin:  Mexican Pesos or U.S. Dollars?  the answer is crystal clear, is it not? What is state sovereignty when a boss cannot be judged in his own country, because he can destabilize it with disastrous   consequences for millions and millions of people?

Are we not facing a brand new phenomenon of power in the hands of a few individuals?

Where are the American drug lords?

Why — in the U.S. — have they not begun to prosecute major drug traffickers?

I know, I know… it’s because neither the consumers nor the authorities nor the narcos or the press want you to know who they are.

Everyone supports this business, and everyone colludes in it.

Better, to blame Mexico for all their woes …

* John Dillinger, of course, was  not in the illegal beverage import and distribution trade, and — although a legendary criminal — was only a moderately successful freelancer in the illegal financial services sector, earning his fame as a bank robber.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 4 February 2011 5:51 pm

    For fictional but somehow very realistic accounts of the drug trade in the US, especially in the suburbs of DC, see George Pelecanos’s wonderful, distressing books.

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