'BACKING THE ANTI-DRUG BATTLE'
shows Mexican President Calderon punching a
as Defense Secretary Robert Gates sits
the Pentagon's bag of money.
Drug Busts in U.S.
Belie the True Danger …
is also evidence that the Mexican narco-trafficking cartels have broken through
the border and are now handling sales to drug addicts in the U.S. on their own."
Translated By Barbara Howe
October 23, 2009
Honduras - El Heraldo - Original Article (Spanish)
Jose Roberto de la Sancha, aka 'El Chivo' [The Goat], is presented to the press with five other alleged members of 'La Familia Michocana', at Mexican Federal Police Headquarters in Mexico City, Oct. 23.
BBC NEWS VIDEO: Massive
crackdown across U.S. against Mexico drug cartels nets 750
people, $59 million in cash, 149 vehicles, three aircraft, three ships,
16,000 pounds of pot, 12,000 kilos of cocaine and over a million Ecstasy
pills, Feb. 25, 00:00:50
BBC NEWS VIDEO: U.S. announces arrest of over 1100 people and the seizure of $32 million, 2,700 pounds of methamphatamine, 4,400 pounds of cocaine, 16,000 pounds pf marijuana, and 29 pounds of heroine over the course of a 44 month investigation into La Familia, one of the largest Mexican drug cartels, Oct. 23, 00:02:04
The heavy blow dealt by U.S.
authorities to Mexican cartel La Familia and yesterday’s capture in Monterrey
of “number two” in Los Zetas, the armed wing of the Golfo Cartel, represent significant
successes in the struggle against the narco-trafficking mafia, but they also
reveal, again, the severity of the problem.
U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder himself, during a
press conference at noon yesterday, announced that 303 people with ties to
La Familia had been captured in an “unprecedented coordinated United States
law enforcement action which is the largest ever undertaken against a Mexican drug
The operation involved more than
3,000 agents from different emergency and security services in 19 states;
confiscated were 1,100 pounds of marijuana, 770 pounds of methamphetamines, 138
pounds of cocaine, $3.4 million, 144 weapons of various calibers and 109
As a first act, this satisfies
demands from Mexico and other Latin American countries that the United States must
do more against narco-trafficking on its own territory, since that nation is
not only the largest drug market, but a source for weapons - including military
weapons - for the mafias.
But this is also evidence
that the Mexican narco-trafficking cartels have broken through the border and
are now handling sales to drug addicts in the U.S. on their own - which could eventually
spark a street war if traditional U.S. mafias feel the need to defend their old
'LONG TENTACLES: MEXICAN DRUG
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On the other hand, the
capture of Carlos Adrian Martinez Muñiz, aka/“El Borrado” [the Eraser],
considered second-in-command of Los Zetas in Nuevo Leon state, could add to the
successes of the Felipe Calderon government in its war against “los narcos.”
But again, it also makes clear the firepower that the mafias have; security forces also found receipts
for the payment of 4,000 assassins.
As for other countries affected
by the drug trade, such as Honduras, we hope that U.S. action against La
Familia marks the beginning of a push to cut off the supply of weapons and money
for drug dealers at the root. Thus courageous actions like those of the
Mexican president will be more successful, since the mafias and their henchmen
won’t be able to count on the weapons or money to challenge nations and their peoples.
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