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Mexico police detain their own commander at gunpoint ( in Ciudad Juarez )
BBC ^ | 8 August 2010 Last updated at 20:48 ET

Posted on 08/08/2010 9:17:16 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Police officers in Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico detained their commander at gunpoint, accusing him of corruption and links to drug gangs.

More than 200 federal police agents raided the hotel where their commander was staying and accused him of planting drugs on police officers to blackmail them into carrying out extortion.

The commander has been suspended, pending an investigation.

Ciudad Juarez is the most violent city in Mexico and corruption is rife.

While some agents blocked off nearby streets to prevent their commander from escaping, others moved into the hotel where he was staying.

They raided his room, where they say they found weapons and drugs.

The federal officers allege that they were part of a stash, which their commander would plant on officers who refused to take part in his corrupt dealings.

They say he would then blackmail the agents into carrying out extortion and other crimes.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drugwars; juarez; mexico

1 posted on 08/08/2010 9:17:24 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Kind of reminds me of the time, when my brother was in the Boy Scouts, that they had to carry off the dead drunk Scoutmaster. (The brother made Eagle Scout, though.)


2 posted on 08/08/2010 9:21:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

that could neeeeever happen here!

sarc


3 posted on 08/08/2010 9:21:47 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Sounds like the commander is kinda lucky to be alive so he can be investigated.


4 posted on 08/08/2010 9:23:11 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Well, I think the officers didn’t want to find themselves sent down the river for mutiny, so they kept the evidence alive.


5 posted on 08/08/2010 9:24:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

American appetite for drugs fuels this corruption. Victimless crimes! Right.


6 posted on 08/08/2010 9:25:57 PM PDT by jwalburg (I live in the 57th state.)
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To: jwalburg

Much of this is the relatively harmless marijuana. Relatively harmless, that is, until serious efforts were made to ban it.


7 posted on 08/08/2010 9:27:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Exactly, but I’d bet there was a lot of ticked off officers.


8 posted on 08/08/2010 9:29:31 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Does it seem that Mexico is a failed state? I wonder if anyone is really in charge there, and that is way too close for comfort. We ought to be more concerned with what is happening there than on the other side of the world.


9 posted on 08/08/2010 9:31:36 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: HiTech RedNeck

And craploads of crystal meth. A friend of mine works for ICE in El Paso and he’ll be the first to tell you that marijuana was long ago eclipsed by meth...among other things.


10 posted on 08/08/2010 9:32:04 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Pining_4_TX

They have had a ruling class for years..., but it seems to be coming unwound.


11 posted on 08/08/2010 9:36:25 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Army Air Corps

Amphetamines used to be a pretty private scandal as long as pharmacies carried them and hypochondriacs prevailed on sympathetic doctors for the prescriptions. Now they are getting scores killed, not by the drugs but by the crime.


12 posted on 08/08/2010 9:36:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Pining_4_TX

I will admit, at least 60% of America will be “shocked, shocked!” when news bursts of “Massive Armed Invasion From Mexico Yesterday.”


13 posted on 08/08/2010 9:38:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: stefanbatory

Sounds like the city of bell Calif.


14 posted on 08/08/2010 9:38:40 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That, or they are primed for yet another revolt. There were a few in the early 20th century.


15 posted on 08/08/2010 9:45:24 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Amphetamines used to be a pretty private scandal as long as pharmacies carried them and hypochondriacs prevailed on sympathetic doctors for the prescriptions.

They used to give great speed to housewives in the sixties, pure black mollies, Valium and Quaaludes were also given out like candy to the women of the time.

16 posted on 08/08/2010 9:47:33 PM PDT by ansel12 (Mitt: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush")
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To: Pining_4_TX

“Does it seem that Mexico is a failed state?”

To say that Mexico is a failed state is too generous because that implies that at some point it was functional.

Living with Mexico is like owning an MG. It’s just a day to day negotiation with what’s broken or is going to break. Mexico is and always has been a corrupt world cesspool that is “stable” only to a greater or lesser extent. The corruption will never go away because its in the very DNA of Mexicans.


17 posted on 08/08/2010 9:56:36 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: Pining_4_TX

The similarities between mexico and somalia are astounding.


18 posted on 08/08/2010 9:58:32 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: NeverForgetBataan
The corruption will never go away because its in the very DNA of Mexicans.

I can attest to the other part of that picture. My wife is from Mexico City. Man, have I had a few arguments with her because of her ingrained pacifist attitudes - as in the middle class just accept the corruption, look the other way, pay the 'mordida' as a daily way of life and rarely stand up for justice. Unless, that is, when a child molester or rapist does something in a pueblo - then its mob vigilante justice and execution. Or, as in a few years ago when the kidnapping was touching the 'pretty' people - actors/actresses/politicians - then the people marched strong in D.F. and elsewhere shouting 'Basta!' (Enough!) - and then they quieted down again.

We watched Denzel Washington in "Man On Fire" when it came out. She was crying and I was flaming mad furious at the depth of corruption that ruins a society, a culture, a people.
19 posted on 08/08/2010 10:14:33 PM PDT by time4good
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The valor and honesty of these officers can only be commended.
20 posted on 08/08/2010 10:16:10 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Pining_4_TX
I wonder if anyone is really in charge there, . . .

Yes, there is. It's a guy who runs a little Mexican ice
cream cart in Nogales, Sonora. He's in charge of his cart,
which he leases, and he's in charge of his ice cream,which
he buys wholesale on the Arizona side of the border.

Other than that, there's no one else in charge.
21 posted on 08/08/2010 10:33:27 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Army Air Corps
Has it changed that much in 5 years? Walters said that for 2004-2005, pot was their "bread and butter". He made no mention of meth. From the Dallas News:

John P. Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said marijuana, not heroin or cocaine, is the "bread and butter," "the center of gravity" for Mexican drug cartels that every year smuggle tons of it through the porous U.S.-Mexico border. Of the $13.8 billion that Americans contributed to Mexican drug traffickers in 2004-05, about 62 percent, or $8.6 billion, comes from marijuana consumption.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/022208dnintdrugs.3a98bb0.html

22 posted on 08/08/2010 11:29:37 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He must have been bogarting the bribes.


23 posted on 08/09/2010 3:17:22 AM PDT by Mojave (Ignorant and stoned - Obama's natural constituency.)
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To: Army Air Corps

“... marijuana was long ago eclipsed by meth...among other things.”

I had a good friend who got hooked on meth. He lost his job, and turned to crime. I haven’t heard anthing about him in several years.

He was a good worker till the meth got to him.


24 posted on 08/09/2010 7:42:41 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Viva los SB 1070)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

“Living with Mexico is like owning an MG.”

Ha, ha, you must have experience with owning one. ;-)


25 posted on 08/09/2010 8:34:36 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: Pining_4_TX

“Ha, ha, you must have experience with owning one”

I did not have the direct pleasure to own a MG, but I worked as pit crew for a friend who raced them in SCCA rallies. He owned 3 MGs and a couple of its evil cousin, the Morris Minor.

I wanted a Triumph Spitfire REAL bad, but didn’t get that either.


26 posted on 08/09/2010 9:22:08 AM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: Ken H

It has changed a good deal in five years.


27 posted on 08/09/2010 10:37:56 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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