Thursday, May 19, 2011
A Drug Trafficker’s Paradise
In the United States, the most sought after drug market on Earth, are there are no outstanding drug kingpins whose names are legendary?
*By Francisco Martín Moreno
Do you know the name of a single American drug kingpin of our times?
I am of course not referring to the infamous "gangsters" of the prohibition era in the United States, such as Capone, Dillinger and Frank Nitti (among so many underworld characters) who found in the United States the fertile ground necessary to develop and reach international “prestige”.
Our legends were García Abrego, Caro Quintero, “El Güero Palma”, the “Lord of the Heavens”, the Arellano brothers, and others who made up our “third-world” meager underworld.
But I insist: In the US, the most coveted drug market on Earth, are there are no infamous drug Kingpins whose names must now form a proud part of the criminal legend, where they operate a drug business worth over 500 billion dollars?
Is there no last name that stands out for their efficiency and popularity or is it simply that there are no drug traffickers to shame the longstanding American criminal tradition?
I know! In the US, drugs are dealt “by themselves”.
The drugs are dropped off at the border by Mexican or Latin American “mules” and reach, as if by magic, the hands of consumers “by themselves”.
Of all the marijuana that is consumed in that country for example, 35% is produced in Texas, Arizona and California without the authorities ever finding a plantation, any drugs incinerated in public, or anyone being placed in federal prison and their assets sold at auction to the highest bidder.
I guess the marijuana was planted by itself, harvested by itself, distributed by itself and the resulting proceeds laundered by themselves...
Isn’t this truly amazing?
We never hear of a harsh blow being dealt to drug trafficking in the United States as is commonly done in Mexico, in a consistently recurring manner.
We never see photographs of American drug Kingpins arrested and covered in blue FBI jackets, hands and feet in shackles, wearing bulletproof vests and helmets, with a huge police escort to prevent attacks on their life that could prevent them from informing on the identity and activities of their associates...
In Mexico, the capture of "famous" drug Kingpins occupy the front page of newspapers, besides receiving ample Radio and Television coverage.
We publicly display the incineration of narcotic drugs as soon as they are found. Photos of heroic soldiers fallen while fighting thugs are published. We have pictures of former State prosecutors massacred at their doorsteps while engaged in private law practice after retiring from fighting crime.
The multiple and ostentatious properties seized from the Kingpins are a matter of public knowledge.
The efforts of Mexican soldiers to win this battle against the production and sale of drugs are evident.
Only that battle will hardly be won if in the US the unhampered sale of 500 billion dollars’ worth of narcotics in the streets continues with no one seeing or doing anything. Our "Puritan" neighbors never catch a Kingpin, no arrests are announced, no soldiers or drug agents or judges or prosecutors die, no assets are seized and no names of corrupt government officials are published.
Nothing, no one knows anything...
Why doesn't anyone know? Very simple: because an incredible number of members of the State and Federal Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government are on the drug Kingpin’s payrolls.
If nothing is done, and nothing is known, it’s because from the Secretary of State on down, Governors, Legislators, Senators and especially Judges, journalists, police officers of all kinds, FBI and DEA agents up to and including the famous and not the least feared Border Patrol, everyone could be deeply involved with drug traffickers and making juicy profits just as they did during prohibition.
There is nothing new under the Sun.
Even less now, when a group of thugs has more power than the State itself.
Never in the history of mankind has a gang of criminals had so much money as to enable it to buy authorities, journalists and whole countries if it so decided.
All this thanks to the US, who provides the dollars to make this possible.
What do drug Kingpins prefer in exchange for heroin, Mexican pesos or American dollars? It’s quite clear, isn't it? What sovereignty does a State have when a drug Kingpin can’t be judged in his country of origin because doing so could bring about the destabilization of the country with disastrous consequences for millions and millions of people?
Are we not facing a newfound power phenomenon in the hands of a single individual?
Where are the North American drug Kingpins? Why are there no prosecutions of major drug traffickers in the United States?
I know: Because neither consumers nor authorities nor the Kingpins nor the press want you to know who they are.
This is good business for everyone. Everyone is in cahoots.
Better, much better to blame Mexico for all its problems...