MEXICO CITY, Feb. 26. – The Mexican cartel activity has already affected five continents. Last year alone, 41 countries reported to the federal government on the detention of nearly three thousand nationals involved in drug trafficking. This is mainly so-called burreros carrying between 500 grams and five kilos of narcotics.
According to the document protection cases handled by the Mexico consular diplomatic network in the world of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), most are in the U.S.. However, there are cases in countries as far away as Egypt, China, Turkey, Greece and New Zealand.
The report, indicated that two thousand 892 Mexicans were arrested abroad and had requested legal assistance from their consulates. From these numbers, two thousand 147 requests come from the United States, and the remaining 745, from 40 other countries.
It also details how from 2007 to 2010, ten thousand 198 U.S. territory captured requested consular support, and notes that 90 percent of those arrested are men.
Spain is the second largest Mexican in that situation, with 115 cases, followed by Peru with 107, Panama, 96.
Other nations are Japan with 40, France with 20, Australia, with 11 cases; Malaysia, with three prisoners and Egypt, with a Mexican arrested for alleged drug crimes.
Mexican drug reaches 5 continents
The activity of the Mexican cartels already reached five continents. Only in 2011, 41 countries reported to the federal government on the detention of nearly three thousand nationals involved in drug trafficking, especially burreros carrying between 500 grams and five kilos of narcotics. Most were arrested in the U.S., but there are civilians arrested in China, Turkey, Egypt and New Zealand.
According to the document protection cases handled by the Mexican consular diplomatic network in the world , prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), to which Excelsior was accessed, a total of 2 thousand 147 Mexicans detained in the United States requested legal assistance from the Mexican consulate after being arrested for alleged drug crimes. The remaining 745 cases occurred in 40 other nations.
The report discusses the number of Mexicans detained in the United States and requested consular assistance between 2007 and 2010, which amounts to 10 000 198 nationals.
Of these, 90 percent were men (nine thousand 193 cases) and 10 percent female (one thousand five cases). The city with the most cases was Houston, Texas, with 284 thousand, the second, San Diego, California, with 730 and the third Albuquerque, New Mexico, 440.
On so-called burreros , the deputy director general of protection policies, the general direction of protection of Mexicans abroad Foreign Ministry Bernachi Alfonso Navarro said: “There have been many cases where we see that they tell people ‘ hey, I give five thousand dollars for bringing this package to a specific airport in the world ‘, and it turns out later accused of crimes end up in remote countries. “
Many of these people even travel without telling your family. Bernachi Navarro said that the Foreign Ministry preventive campaigns in the reporting of the risks of lending to drug trafficking. In his office there is a sign with a happy, with suitcase in hand and a globe on his back with the legend “Do not take a trip ‘all paid’.”
Prison sentences in the United States vary depending on the state concerned and the amount of drug that leads the person but can range from five to over 20.
In turn, Dr. Jose Maria Ramos, director of the Department of Public Administration Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, said that increased incarceration of Mexicans in the United States has to do with it continues to grow drug trafficking and cartels Mexicans continue to hire or forcing immigrants to take loads of drugs to cross the border.
Foreign Ministry figures refer only to cases of people who sought consular assistance from Mexico, but there may be many more, as there are Mexicans who do not seek help, some because they want their family will find out or because they have prior criminal record. In other cases the authority of the country that fails to warn stops are entitled to consular assistance to Mexican authorities.
In requesting aid, personal protection area for Mexicans Abroad Mexican Consulate interview with them and gives them to know what their rights are, in the case of the U.S., explains that they will have a public defender and in specific cases are given support to a member of the External legal assistance program (PALE).
According to Navarro Bernachi in the United States the authority provides a form where the detainee must be marked with an X whether or not to receive assistance from the Mexican consulate, this according to the Vienna Convention on consular law, but there are also cases in that the U.S. authority does not comply with this obligation