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Sunday, December 05, 2004

It Never Really Stopped 

As is happening now with the Orejuela's in Columbia, the U.S. government made a big deal of working with Mexican officials to crack down on drug trafficking through the resort town of Cancun, back in the late 90's.

Now, after we arrested and extradited a bunch of traffickers, including some higher-ups in the Juarez cartel, things should be better...right?

Wrong. In the last few days, 9 bodies have turned up around Cancun, and two police officers that had been kidnapped and interrogated are telling of massive drug trafficking operations still working through Cancun.
Residents of Puerto Morelos, a sleepy fishing hamlet south of Cancun, say that cocaine shipments haven't stopped, despite frequent military patrols along streets and beaches.

"It never really stopped," said Helena, a Puerto Morelos resident who asked that her last name not be used for fear of reprisals. "At night, on more deserted stretches of coast, it still happens. It will as long as the authorities tolerate it."
The corruption is too entrenched, both here an abroad. Just as the cartels, both directly and indirectly, provide for the livelihoods of huge numbers of people in Latin America, there are entire agencies and massive bureaucracies here in the U.S. that are funded solely to fight this neverending, unwinnable war. The only way to make any changes is to divest these entrenched interests, and the only way to do that viably is to end prohibition - one way or another.


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