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In Mexico's Drug War, Bad Cops Are a Mounting Problem
Time ^ | 11/22/08 | Tim Padgett with Dolly Mascarenas

Posted on 11/22/2008 9:36:04 PM PST by nickcarraway

Few rituals are more futile than the "housecleaning" of Mexico's police forces. So deep, broad and brazen is cop corruption south of the border that removing it makes eradicating rats from landfills look easy. Mexico stages quasi-annual purges of officers high and low — last year it was 284 federal police commanders — and yet every year it seems to find itself with an even more criminal constabulary. This year's scandals, however, are especially appalling.

Over the summer, President Felipe Calderon's anti-drug czar, Noe Ramirez, resigned abruptly. This week, the likely reason became apparent after Ramirez was detained and accused by federal officials of taking $450,000 to keep Mexico's most powerful narco mafia, the Sinaloa Cartel, informed about police anti-drug operations. He is the highest-ranking government official to be nabbed in this year's anti-corruption sweep.

But not the only one. Last month five top officials at the federal organized crime task force were collared for the same crime — after being fingered by an informant who, astonishingly, worked for both the U.S. embassy in Mexico City and the Sinaloa narcos. Days later the federal police chief, Gerardo Garay — whose predecessor, Edgar Millan, was murdered by narco hitmen last May, allegedly with the aid of a federal cop — resigned after being linked to a Sinaloa capo. Mario Velarde, a top boss of the federal police force's anti-drug unit and a former private secretary to Garcia Luna, was also detained this week, for leaking info to the narcos. Ramirez and all the accused deny the charges. But, as one federal security analyst says, it's no longer strange in Mexico's police purges "to see today's butchers become tomorrow's cows."

Mexico's real carnage, meanwhile, gets ghastlier by the day. This year the nation has logged some 4,300 drug-related murders, and analysts fear

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Mexico
KEYWORDS: aliens; border; borderpatrol; borders; bordersecurity; cartel; cartels; corruption; donutwatch; drugs; drugtraffickers; drugwar; illegalaliens; illegals; imigrantlist; imigration; lamordida; leo; merida; mexico; minutemen; mordida; sinaloa; sinaloacartel; wod; zetas

1 posted on 11/22/2008 9:36:04 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“Bad cops are a mounting problem”????

HA!

My Grandparents quit going there in the 60’s because of the police corruption.


2 posted on 11/22/2008 9:44:10 PM PST by G Larry (Barack’s character has been molded by extremists)
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To: nickcarraway

You can tell who are the honest cops in Mexico. They get gunned down.


3 posted on 11/22/2008 9:54:19 PM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: nickcarraway
typically a liberal media approach and excuse. Like all of a sudden corrupt police are the problem? If it wasn't for the corrupt cops 40 years ago it wouldn't be a problem now pinheads. Gawd, liberals are stuck on stupid.
4 posted on 11/22/2008 9:56:36 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: nickcarraway

corruption in Latin and South America like Africa is outrageously high and always has been

unfortunately, that corruption problem has now crossed into the USA and our own country is ranked pretty high itself in corruption problems.


5 posted on 11/22/2008 9:57:53 PM PST by volslover
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To: nickcarraway
La mordida. Its as old as Mexico. Without graft, nothing works.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

6 posted on 11/22/2008 10:27:49 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: volslover; goldstategop; Doogle; John Jorsett; G Larry; nickcarraway

Ramirez was paid $450,000 a month. How many of you could withstand a carrot that shiny?

I can’t swear that I could. 6 million a year is awful damn tempting!


7 posted on 11/22/2008 10:36:25 PM PST by B4Ranch (("In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." FDR)
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To: B4Ranch
Mexican officials are poorly paid. Its taken for granted they need something under the table to make ends meet. Corruption in Mexico is like the weather. People accept it as a fact of life and as what's necessary to make an inept system run.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

8 posted on 11/22/2008 10:39:24 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I lived in Mexico and remember the Chief of Police for Mexico City earned about $10,000.00/year, and when he retired three years later, he sold his home for over $1.8
million.


9 posted on 11/22/2008 10:45:02 PM PST by unkus
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To: goldstategop

Perhaps if they were paid better it might cut down on some of the corruption but there’s no guarantees for that either.

NYC’s cops certainly got sucked into the dirty life back in the 70’s.


10 posted on 11/22/2008 10:46:05 PM PST by B4Ranch (("In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." FDR)
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To: unkus

>$10,000.00/year, to over $1.8<

It must be especially gratifying to look at your dad or husband and be able to say, “Yup, he’s a successful criminal.”


11 posted on 11/22/2008 10:55:42 PM PST by B4Ranch (("In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." FDR)
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To: nickcarraway

Nuke mexico


12 posted on 11/22/2008 10:56:31 PM PST by waterhill (An armed man has the means for independence)
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To: B4Ranch

The United States is now the most corrupt nation in the world.

When one compromises ones soul, one is beyond corruption.


13 posted on 11/22/2008 11:02:12 PM PST by unkus
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To: nickcarraway

Deja Columbia vu


14 posted on 11/23/2008 12:06:46 AM PST by ALASKA (I feel more like I do today than I did yesterday.....)
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To: ALASKA

And yet we can’t get a Free Trade agreement with the successful NarcoTerror fighting allies in Columbia but bend over backwords for the NarcoTerror Government of Mexi-fascism, showering $$’s on them to fight corruption. Thanks GWB, McCain and the rest of the Liberal Guv!


15 posted on 11/23/2008 2:35:11 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: nickcarraway

Mexico is the sewer of North America. Time to flush it!

“He is the highest-ranking government official to be nabbed in this year’s anti-corruption sweep.”
No crap! The only higher person is the...President! And he might be in on it too!


16 posted on 11/23/2008 5:01:16 AM PST by RebelViking
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To: G Larry
I used to visit Mexico in the 60's as well. Driving south from the border on one adventure we were stopped at several points by the Federales who politely extracted "el tippo" and allowed us to proceed peacefully to Guaymas.

I guess we were lucky, they weren't into kidnapping and murder back then.

17 posted on 11/23/2008 7:45:56 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: B4Ranch
Ramirez was paid $450,000 a month. How many of you could withstand a carrot that shiny?

According to the WSJ his immediate predecessor couldn't resist either. He was busted for corruption as well. Good luck to the next guy.

18 posted on 11/23/2008 7:48:27 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

That’s one of those jobs that I would smile and refuse to accept while patting myself on the back for showing wisdom beyond my years. Nope, $6M a year is too tempting. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere close to it.


19 posted on 11/23/2008 8:32:57 AM PST by B4Ranch (("In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." FDR)
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To: nickcarraway; stan_sipple; time4good; Guenevere; mugsaway; CSM; calcowgirl; RightSideNews; ...

Ping!

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


20 posted on 11/23/2008 12:38:26 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObamaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: B4Ranch

And they’ve been killing a lot of officials too, so he may very well have had the choice to take the money and help them or die. It would be even harder to pass up $450,000 a month under those circumstances.


21 posted on 11/24/2008 7:57:18 AM PST by SmallGovRepub
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To: nickcarraway
From another article:

“PRD Deputy and Federal District Legislative Assembly President Víctor Hugo Círigo said organized crime is making $13 billion a year off the drug trade. More than half of that — $8 billion — is derived from the marijuana business, he said.”

Other estimates put the number at over 14 billion a year. That's an incredible amount of money these guys are making. How can we stop something so profitable?

22 posted on 11/24/2008 8:06:03 AM PST by SmallGovRepub
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To: SmallGovRepub

Unless you legalize pot, you won’t be able to stop something that profitable. Or at least more than half the profits according to that article.

I don’t see these guys smuggling tobacco into the states.


23 posted on 11/24/2008 11:04:12 PM PST by Nate505
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To: Nate505

I imagine it would be a pretty serious blow to Mexican organized crime to lose more than 60% of their income and the established distribution channels for marijuana that they run most of their other drugs through. I don’t see us legalizing marijuana anytime soon though. It will probably happen eventually and as the years go on after it is legalized we’ll end up kicking ourselves for not having done it a lot sooner.


24 posted on 11/25/2008 10:13:23 AM PST by SmallGovRepub
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