But What About the Drug War?


So . . . that drug war. Both Mexico’s police and military have been busy with the tasks of controlling both public panic and passing out masks, but what about all that drug-related violence that has been swept under the rug for the past week?

Today, news came that a Mexican journalist, Carlos Ortega Samper, who criticized local authorities in Durango for corruption was shot fatally on Sunday.

Yesterday, police found 11 bodies dumped between the Pacific resort town of Acapulco and the city of Cuernavaca, including seven wrapped in plastic bags and thrown off a bridge.

And interestingly enough, late last week, the Mexican Senate passed a bill allowing possession of small amounts of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. Whether President Calderón will sign it into law or not is another question.

But, oh yes, Mexico has arrested Zeta gang leader Gregorio Sauceda Gamboa, one of Mexico’s 24 most-wanted drug traffickers.

Let’s see what else emerges.

Photo by Deanna Dent


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