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Mexico – Senators call for debate on the issue of drug legalization

Debate on the legalization of drugs in the American Union of States

Debate on the legalization of drugs in the American Union of States

Senators call for debate on the issue of drug legalization

The new president of Guatemala, Otto Perez, asked legalizing drugs as well as 19 states in the American union

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 23. – Senators from the PRI, PAN and PVEM demanded to initiate discussions on whether or not to decriminalize drug use involving parents, teachers, doctors and the general public, not just political parties.

In an interview, the senator of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Rosario Green, said the debate should be opened as the drug problem is very delicate, but probably will oppose this, “the rights and probably the churches,” he said.

However, the former chancellor said that Mexico has already decriminalized the carrying and use of marijuana “in small amounts for personal use, but many people do not know.”

Even the Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa, said on Wednesday that “she and President Felipe Calderon do not oppose to open a national debate on the issue,” Green said Macias.

Meanwhile, the president of the Public Safety Commission, Senator National Action Party (PAN), Felipe González, said that while the political institution has the position “that the solution is not to approve the use of drugs, this is the time to discuss the issue. “

“We are hearing what they say lawmakers and parties, but this must be open to society to view the topic, and parents are the most authoritative for us to listen and tell us what you think about this issue,” he added.

Gonzalez insisted that this is the time since in 19 states of the American Union already legalized the medicinal use of marijuana, and the new president of Guatemala, Otto Perez, asked to legalize drugs.

In turn, the legislature of the Green Party of Mexico (PVEM), Rene Arce, sued the Senate to approve his proposal to call ‘a great national debate’ to decriminalize certain drugs, like marijuana, and regulate the market of drugs.

“I insist on the issue because this is the time that in Mexico we must give way to reflection and debate on legalizing and regulating drugs,” the legislature by the Federal District.

 
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Posted by on 02/24/2012 in Crime!, Drugs, Politics

 

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US anti-drug cooperation will continue with whoever wins elections in Mexico

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US anti-drug cooperation will continue with whoever wins elections in Mexico

The U.S. government said he did not foresee changes in military strategy against organized crime adopted by Felipe Calderon

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22. – The U.S. government said today that cooperation with Mexico will remain unchanged in the war on drugs, whoever wins the presidential elections in July in that country, while drug violence has been the focus of several congressional leaders.

The fight against drugs in Mexico, since December 2006, has claimed the lives of some 50,000 people in that country, and is a key part of bilateral relations, but has also been a source of friction between the two countries.

However, neither human rights organizations, nor the Washington government and analysts expect changes in military strategy adopted by President Felipe Calderon.

“Since late 1990, Mexico has undergone a major political developments after seventy years of being ruled by a single party. It is a profound change and that we have welcomed,” said William Ostick, a spokesman for the Department of State.

“The interests and American values are the same as in Mexico: a free and fair election decided by the Mexican people. Look forward to working closely with the Mexican government, led by the political party chosen by the Mexicans,” he said Ostick.

For lack of better options on the table, none of the presidential candidates in Mexico has explained what changes would you make in the current strategy, nor have they indicated whether long-term would, for example, more room for maneuver for the agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Mexican soil.

The candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Enrique Peña Nieto, who leads polls ahead of elections next July 1, leans in favor of a gradual withdrawal of the military displaced in 14 of the 31 states, but has not offered a timetable for achieving it.

“Whoever is elected in Mexico will largely continue the current strategy, but the next president may seek a greater focus on strengthening institutions and prosecuting the most violent groups,” said Andrew Selee Efe, director of Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

“The general policy will not change, but may change the way it is applied there,” said the expert.

During a hearing last week, Arizona Sen. John McCain, questioned the commitment of “at least one candidate” to continue the fight against drug traffickers, but declined to say whether he was referring to Peña Nieto.

Through the Merida Initiative, a regional security initiative, 400 million, U.S. aid to Mexico to fight the drug cartels to prevent a “contagion” of drug violence in its territory.

Last Thursday, during a ceremony in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso (Texas), Calderón again requested U.S. assistance to curb the flow of arms to his country, which nourishes “the terrible violence” afflicting the country.

“No more weapons to Mexico (No more weapons to Mexico),” Calderon cried in English, after a ceremony where he witnessed the destruction of nearly seven thousand weapons, including assault rifles and grenades, seized organized crime.

The Spanish group President of Congress, Charlie A. Gonzalez said today that in the next two weeks will review with representatives of the various proposals Mexican presidential candidates in the drug war in Mexico.

“They asked us to submit proposals and recommendations. I do not know how different can be a focus (of the war on drugs) than it has been doing the government of Felipe Calderon … whoever is in front of the next government will have to get the full support of the Mexican people, their commitment, their participation, “he said.

In these ideas Mexicans “are those who risk their personal safety. The task is not easy. The United States must be a partner, an ally and we have to find how we can help the Mexican people to engage in their own future, “stressed the Texas legislature.

Without giving details, Gonzalez said the meetings will be held in Texas.

 
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Posted by on 02/23/2012 in Crime!, Politics

 

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Monterrey Prison riot have left at least 44 dead,

Monterrey Prison riots have left at least 44 dead,

Monterrey Prison riots have left at least 44 dead,

Violence at a prison on the outskirts of Mexico‘s northern manufacturing city Monterrey has left at least 44 dead, authorities said.

Victims were beaten, knifed and pummelled with rocks when a fight broke out between rival gangs at the prison in the early hours of Sunday, with prisoners starting a fire by torching mattresses, authorities said.  A local official confirmed at least 12 more inmates were wounded in the fighting.

“This is one of the most deadly prison incidents in recent months and there have been quite a lot,” said Raney. “It is unclear yet what started the riot.” Pablo Gomez, a spokesman for the state of Nuevo Leon, said authorities were still investigating the cause of the violence.

The prison houses some 3,000 inmates, said Jorge Domene, a senior Nuevo Leon state official. Drug cartels

Inmates at the prison in Monterrey, about 225km from the border with the US state of Texas, include members of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel as well as the feared Zetas cartel. Authorities could not confirm if the fight was between these two cartels.

The prison was secured by around 6am and an investigation began shortly afterwards, a local government spokesman told Mexican news services.

Powerful drug cartels are fighting for control of smuggling routes along the US-Mexico border and rivalries often spread into the prison system, where prisoners held on federal drug charges are mixed with common criminals.

A fight between rival gangs in another prison in the north of the country left 31 inmates dead in January and a further 13 wounded.

About 50,000 people have died in Mexico in the past five years since President Felipe Calderon launched an aggressive attack on drug gangs. Over-crowded and inefficient prisons are plagued by corruption and mass escapes

 
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Posted by on 02/20/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Mexico to rescue its bloody war on drug cartels must catch El Chapo!

Eleven years later, President Felipe Calderon‘s government is furiously trying to flush out the man nicknamed El Chapo – “Shorty” – to rescue its bloody war on drug cartels. 

Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo" No 1
Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo” No 1

Guzman’s flight from a maximum security prison in a laundry cart on January 19, 2001, was a major embarrassment to Calderon’s predecessor Vicente Fox, who had just begun a new era as the first National Action Party (PAN) official to lead Mexico.

Now, Guzman is the greatest symbol of the cartels’ defiance of Calderon, whose war unleashed a wave of gang violence that is eroding support for the PAN ahead of presidential elections on July 1. Calderon is barred by law from seeking a second term.

In the last few months, authorities have arrested dozens of Guzman’s henchmen, seized tons of his contraband and razed the biggest single marijuana plantation ever found in Mexico, subsequently chalked up as another setback for El Chapo. 

Over Christmas, three senior Guzman associates fell into Mexico’s hands, including one named as his chief of operations in Durango, a state where he has been rumored to hide out. “He’s certainly aware people very close to him have been captured over the past two weeks, so he must be seriously concerned,” said Vanda Felbab-Brown, a Brookings Institution expert on the drug trade. “The noose seems to be tightening.” 

Since his nighttime escape, Guzman’s legend has grown daily, as the wily capo evaded capture, eliminated rivals and sold billions of dollars worth of drugs across the border. Meanwhile, the PAN, who won office under Fox pledging to restore law and order in a country tired of the corruption that marred the 71-year reign of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has become more and more bogged down in the drug war. 

Calderon staked his reputation on rooting out the cartels, but the army-led struggle has cost over 46,000 lives in five years, spooking tourists and investors alike. As Calderon fought to contain the violence, he had to watch Guzman feted for success when the kingpin placed 41st in a Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people in 2009. Immortalized in song both in Spanish and English, Guzman seemed so untouchable that rumors began spreading the Mexican government had made a deal with him to keep the peace. That talk has now faded, and Attorney General Marisela Morales said in October Guzman would be captured “very soon.” North of the border, things have also turned sour for the fugitive trafficker, who made headlines as the world’s most wanted man after the death of Osama bin Laden

In last few weeks, U.S. authorities in Arizona announced details of raids in which they arrested over 200 people linked to the Sinaloa cartel, named for the northwestern Pacific state where Guzman was born, probably in 1957.

DRUG LORD PROTECTOR

Surveys show the public backs the crackdown on the cartels. But it also believes Calderon is losing the drug war. Alberto Vera, director of research at pollster Parametria, said only something of the magnitude of Guzman’s capture would persuade voters Calderon was winning.

That could boost support for his party by two or three points if it happened not long before the election, he added. “Catching him would do Calderon credit,” said Luis Pavan, 40, a Mexico City insurance agent. “Fighting the gangs is one of the few good things the government has done.” Weakened by the mounting death toll, Calderon’s PAN lags the opposition PRI by about 20 points, recent polls show.

Capturing Guzman could also benefit U.S. President Barack Obama, who faces a tough re-election battle against Republicans that accuse him of being weak on border security.

Arturo R. Garino, mayor of Nogales – an Arizona border city lying right on Guzman’s main smuggling routes – said the kingpin’s arrest would be a boost to both governments. “Cutting the head off the snake would help our economy too,” he said. Intelligence officials declined to say if efforts to catch Guzman had increased, but his biographer Malcolm Beith said there was little doubt they had, as recent operations on El Chapo’s turf were being conducted by crack military units. “It’s been special forces and marines to the best of my knowledge.

These guys are called in for special raids because they’re less likely to have been infiltrated,” he said. Officials who have tracked Guzman say it is one thing to locate him and quite another to capture him. Like late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Guzman has a reputation as a protector of his heartland in Sinaloa, a rugged region that the state still struggles to penetrate, where news of approaching of strangers quickly reaches him and his followers. “Chapo has allegedly paid for schools, hospitals, and other public projects,” said Beith. “Second, he’s just about the only source of employment in parts of Sinaloa. And he has provided security of a sort. He’s been known to apprehend small-time crooks or thugs when they got out of hand. Lastly, the name Chapo pretty much puts the fear of God into people.” With locals watching his back, Guzman has always had just enough warning to get away at the last minute.

The exception was when soldiers captured him in Guatemala in June 1993.

New surveillance technology has raised the stakes though. 

Mexico has admitted allowing U.S. spy planes to track the cartels, reviving memories of the chase for Escobar, who was gunned down on a Medellin rooftop in December 1993. The U.S. Army’s spy unit Centra Spike played a crucial part in that takedown – using planes to triangulate Escobar’s phone calls – and U.S. surveillance drones stationed just across the Arizona border are likely being used to help catch Guzman. Adding to his problems are attacks from the rival Zetas gang, which has engaged in a spate of tit-for-tat killings with the Sinaloa cartel that have spread onto his territory. 

If Guzman is caught, it could unleash a bloody scramble for power before the election, said Jose Luis Pineyro, a security expert at Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University.

“He is said to have influence in five continents,” he said. “It would have repercussions outside Mexico and America.”

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Posted by on 01/06/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Latin American Countries to mitigate High profits of Drug Cartels!

 

Primary currency for Drugs Trade

Prefered Currency of Drug dealers

The Central American countries, Colombia and the Dominican Republic today called on U.S.and other drug-consuming nations to “explore all alternatives” to reduce the “enormous profits” of drug trafficking and the violence it generates.

In closing the XIII Summit of the Mechanism of Tuxtla Dialogue and Agreement held in the Mexican city of Mérida, Member States adopted a joint declaration against organized crime and drug trafficking.

In the nine-point document, the countries of the Tuxtla Mechanism expressed concern about the high level of income that are organizations dedicated to drug trafficking.

An urged countries to explore drug usage and to look at all “possible means to eliminate the huge profits from these criminal groups and thereby prevent the movement of substances continue causing high levels of crime and violence.”

The organization further demanded “the U.S. Congress and the other producers and sellers of arms to regulate the transfer of assault weapons and other dangerous devices to criminal groups.”

The statement expresses the concern of the signatories for the great loss of lives at the hands of organized crime in their countries during the last decades, as well as diversification of criminal activities by these groups.

The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, who attended the summit as a special guest, expressed during the development of working sessions to support countries fighting drug trafficking. “Against the criminals can-not be weakness, complacency or doubt, because when we fall into it is they who move. We have no alternative but to give this fight with all our strength and attention within the framework of the law,” he said.

During the working sessions of the XIII Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism addressed other issues such as ground transportation or energy interconnection.

Besides host Piñera, President Felipe Calderón, attended the summit, the leaders of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom of Honduras Porfirio Lobo, Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, and Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega.

El Salvador, Belize and Colombia also participated at the ministerial level, and Costa Rica its first vice president, Alfio Piva.

The Mechanism of Tuxtla Dialogue and Agreement, which meets in 2011, was created in 1991 and has become the main forum for political dialogue in the Mesoamerican region.

 
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Posted by on 12/06/2011 in Crime!

 

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President Felipe Calderon’s most significant drug operations in 2011!

 

The Killing goes on!

The Killing goes on! President Felipe Calderon- Failed!

MEXICO CITY, for the fifth year of President Felipe Calderon, the Armed Forces and Federal Police arrested 43,000 suspects of the seven criminal organizations operating in the country.

According to an assessment of the agencies responsible for combating organized crime, in 2011 the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) managed to capture around 28 000 offenders.

Among them, Noel Salgueiro Narvaez, El Flaco Salgueiro, a lieutenant of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman suspect drug trafficking and violence in Chihuahua.

In addition to the capture of Rigoberto Andrade Renteria, a lieutenant of La Familia , arrested in January 2011, adds the capture of drug lord Juan Francisco Chairs Rocha, The Chairs , the main operator of Fernando Sanchez Arellano, The Engineer , leader of the Tijuana cartel.

Another important catch is the successor of Ignacio Coronel (a) Nacho Coronel , one of the Pacific cartel leaders and who was killed in 2010, this is Colonel Martin Beltran, The Eagle , who controlled at least four institutions in the center the country, mainly Jalisco.

At the same time, the Department of Navy captured in Mexico in April to Martin Omar Estrada Luna, El Kilo , leader of Los Zetas in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, and presumed guilty of the mass graves and death of 72 migrants found in August last year.

It joins the arrest of Bruno Garcia Arreola, El Gato , captured in Tepic, Nayarit, one of the most wanted by the U.S. and the PGR.

The Navy captured Sergio Antonio Mora Cortez, Toto , chief operating officer of Los Zetas in San Luis Potosi, and who received direct orders of Julian Zapata, allegedly responsible for the death of a U.S. agent.

Last June, elements of the Federal Police reported the arrest of Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, El Chango Méndez , leader of La Familia Michoacana .

Seizures

Among the highlights significant seizures the seizure of 27,129 firearms, six tons of cocaine, and 13,407 vehicles.

One major seizure was the 15 million dollars in Tijuana, Baja California, on November 22.

The money allegedly belonged to the Sinaloa cartel and is one of the blows to the financial structure of El Chapo most important so far in six years.

At the same time, the Navy Department has made in the ports of Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas seized nearly 300 tons of precursor chemicals.

Another most important seizure was the communications network to Los Zetas in Veracruz, in the month of September.

Criminal attacks

Although seizures and arrests, drug cartels and criminal organizations have carried out various actions that have generated and fear psychosis among the population.

One of the most relevant is the one perpetrated at Casino Royale in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, where 52 people died after a command of Los Zetas ignite the place.

In February an agent of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement was killed and another injured in a road in San Luis Potosi.

In a challenge to authority, the cartels have sparked fear and outrage among the population, as is the case of 35 bodies were lying in one of the main avenues of Boca del Rio, Veracruz.

In addition to the acts committed in Jalisco, and Sinaloa, where drug trafficking abandoned 26 bodies in the center of Guadalajara, and launched a threat to the governors of Jalisco, Emilio González Márquez, and Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez, Malov.

 
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Posted by on 12/01/2011 in Crime!

 

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