Friday, March 29, 2013

Chapo's tentacles extend to the FARC

Iva Ventura/Excelsior El Diario (3-28-13) 

FARC Negotiating Team
Translated by un vato for Borderland Beat

Distrito Federal -- The tentacles of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman's  Sinaloa Cartel are extending into the south of the continent due to the vacuum being left by the Colombian Armed Revolutionary Forces (FARC: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), who are having peace conversations with the government of Juan Manuel Santos (below left).

The arrival of Mexican drug traffickers in that region puts at risk the security of the entire continent because their power is growing with the alliances they are finalizing with local criminal organizations in exchange for weapons or money.

According to Inter American Dialogue, the Mexican criminal organization is already operating in that South American country. For United States experts, the problem is alarming and governments, including that country, will have to join forces to confront a continental problem.

Douglas Fraser, retired general and former commander of the Southern Command of the United States, said that Mexican drug cartels, like the Sinaloa Cartel, have developed ties with Colombian criminal networks, like the FARC and the National Liberation Army (ELN: Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional), for several years.

He believes that the agreements will hold even if the Santos government negotiates peace with the FARC. "The Colombian government has demonstrated a capability to confront criminal networks effectively and its efforts will continue. For example, they have reduced cocaine production by more than 50% in the last five years, and imprisoned or extradited hundreds of criminals, but that battle is not only in Colombia.

"Criminal networks operate throughout the Americas, including the United States, which is why the hemispheric battle against them has to improve; the battle against transnational criminal networks is an inter-American problem, and a growing global problem."

John Arquilla, with the Rand Corporation, said that all the governments in the hemisphere have to increase the collective understanding of these criminal networks, to develop and improve the exchange of information, and to improve coordination of intelligence among them. 

"The governments will not resolve this problem by themselves. All of us, the citizens, need to work within our societies to drastically reduce the demand for illegal substances. We have to be part of the solution," he asserts. Jack Devine and Amanda Mattingly, president and director, respectively, of the Arkin Group for Latin America, said that if it is true that the Sinaloa Cartel is buying into the Colombian drug traffic, that is worrisome.

"It's another example of how drug cartels are transnational criminal organizations who are not limited by borders... President Enrique Pena Nieto will not get a ceasefire on the issue of security, as he should have expected. "The possibility that the self defense groups (in Mexico) could be taken over by cartels or that they would infiltrate the forces of law enforcement constitutes a threat of war...

"It is clear that the United States must continue to support Mexico and Colombia. The U.S. should do more... but they need to keep working with our partners in the hemisphere to decrease the supply of drugs through police training, equipment, shared intelligence and economic development," they stated.

For Oliver Wack, Colombian risk control analyst, the increasing participation of Mexican cartels is accelerating the problem.

"On the part of the guerrilla, one can observe a growing fragmentation of the group and the gradual growth of local structures that operate independently of the central command.  If the FARC were to demobilize after a peace accord, the mid-level commanders who refuse to demobilize would come forward. They would rearm themselves to maintain control of illegal enterprises."

With time, he explains, those successor groups of the FARC would be susceptible of being absorbed by large criminal organizations like the Bacrim (criminal groups, successors of paramilitary groups and now engaged in drug trafficking.) He explained that the country has seen a decrease of Bacrim from 21 to 10 since 2008, but the (the Rastrojos and the Urabenos) are becoming the principal actors.

"The Mexican cartels' strategy of expanding their presence in Colombia will probably end up incorporating these two groups, leading to a resurgence of violence, because they will work with the Mexicans, tempted by the flow of cash (and perhaps weapons), intensifying the battle for territories and routes."

(Ivan Ventura/Excelsior)   

35 comments:

  1. It's all building up for Chappo to be taken out, mark my words he is getting far to powerful and is being noticed around the world

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    1. Your right - just as he has been for the last decade.

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    2. Haha yea he's bearly getting famous and powerful

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  2. I've read several articles about the production of cocaine being way down and various governments and sounding off like they've had some huge impact. Yet, the cartels are stronger than ever. It seems to me that the demand for cocaine is also down as addicts/consumers have basically moved onto heroin and meth. Thoughts.

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    1. 1:25 pm. It is true that in the US, coke use is way down,replaced by heroin and meth. But, in the EU,AFRICA,MEXICO AND SOUTH AMERICA THE NUMBERS HAVE RISEN SIGNIFICANTLY. As was stated,this is a global problem where even terrorists trade drugs from Afghanistan to buy weapons to fight there wars in the Middle East,Africa,Somalia,Yemen etc. There are so many levels of criminals drestoying the world through war and drugs,it is an endless battle. Only a few countries don't have drug problems because if you are a addict,you go to a prison re-hab for 2 years and if you are dealing,you either get beheaded or 50 years in prison. Check out some of the laws in Asian countries,like Burma. Personally, I am all for it. It helps those in need and removes permanently the dealers. Peace to all,Texas Grandma.

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    2. Here where I live n tampa florida its mainly oxy's and heroin but cocaine is easily available.

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    3. Its almost all meth where i live and theres very little more nauseating than a damn tweaker.thank god for pitbulls and weapons or they will steal u blind when they run out of dope money

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    4. I think burma has tough drug laws cause the military and goverment have a monopoly on the import and export of it. Best way to elimanate the competion

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  3. @1:11 pm something is up yeah, not sure what, so much attention suddenly over someone who has always been there, or like this article, news about the cocaine coming from Colombia and the Mexican cartels leading the traffic? as if that was news for anyone.

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  4. Is all lies they just making chapo like a god so wen he falls they goin to say the drugs r over is just all a big show

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  5. Sargento Cabo. Llamame en seguida antes de llegar a la segunda. Atte El guerito de Michoacan.

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    1. Bueno guerita de michoacan .atte tu negro camote

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  6. With this drug problem going world wide like this it makes me really wonder y the hell our military is fighting a war n the middle east when really we should b waging war with the drug cartels. If our military and private contractors joined up with the mexican military we could wipe them off the map. I kno a lot has to do with the corrupt mexican govt. But I mean come on. The direct problem to our citizens is drugs not this bullshit threat of terrorism

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    1. Yea like the us gov is going to feed the mex military after war if they join together they eat out this drugs you think they burn all the drugs they decommission of these cartels ? No

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    2. To many people would lose there jobs if we ended the war on drugs, FBI DEA ATF ICE border patrol, they all want this shit to go on so they can put there kids through college

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  7. Chapo started this war when he tried to sell in los Arrellanos plaza, and then he really heated up Sinaloa when El Mocho was busted in Culiacan. I don't know if Chapo really turned in el Mocho but Mocho's egotistical, coke head brother fucked over the civilians from Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, and Sonora when he took over and Arturo (the pinoche de las pinoches) started working with the scourge of the earth - Los Zetas.

    In Mazatlan we had no problem with los narcos - they did their thing and laundered money in our economy which had its benefits - like cheap Mariscos and lots of construction, and the craziest Semana Santa ANYWHERE! We trusted los Narcos to stay out of the people's - the civilian's way. I'm sad that it will probably never be the same b/c los narcos de la futura think ski masks, cuernos, and picking on hard working people is cool nowadays.

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    1. You're wrong,the craziest semana Santa is in Jerez,Zacatecas...at least it was years ago.

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    2. No your wrong its in chiapas lol with comandante marcos

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  8. If Chapo falls you still have Mayo and about six sons of Chapo that are of age without his last name so that they dont draw attention chapo owns the majority of an island that's off the pacific coast in Mexico and has operated from there for the longest time comes and goes as he pleases to Sinaloa Durango and Peten which are his secondary bases not the principal one the Us Gov knows this and so does the Mexican Gov but no one will ever do anything cause as long as there is a demand there will be a supply.

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  9. In Florida coke really aint sellin its mostly meth

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  10. Chapo didn't turn in el mochomo also el guacho b says that in his integatorio.

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  11. Farc is greatly reduced and most of the dope is being moved by corporate tentacles.

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  12. Ya that's what I've been hearing too that chapo didn't rat out Alfredo. an that they still work together.

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  13. WHY THE HELL DON'T THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT WEANS ITS POPULATION OFF ILLEGAL DRUGS!!!!
    THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN WINNING THE WAR AGAINST THE DRUG CARTELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Chapo did,he is a piece of shit.

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  15. Texas Grandma.
    March 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM


    Sorry but you're an outdated fascist (no wonder , you're from texas).

    You can't force a person to stop using drugs, that's his choice. And people were using drugs in the same level (of course the global population was smaller) centuries ago.
    Is something withing human kind. Education is the solution ....

    Good luck implementing laws like the ones in Burma (unless you wanna pretty much sell your hurrdurr freeduumz to the State completely)

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    1. 8:08pm. You are a joke. I have been a Dr.for over 30 years,dealing with drug addicts. Who the F**K are you to judge me? I said, I was for extreme measures but given I live in the #1 drug country in the world, it will never happen. I heal and save lives daily? Can you say the same? I am not a freaking fascist either,just sick of all the freaking excuses people use to do drugs and not educate their kids. I'm a REALIST WITH A HEART FOR ALL INNOCENTS. Texas Grandma.

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    2. Good response Texas Grandma - it's ironic who the "joke" really was :)

      Some people should educate themselves a bit and have some back-up (other than their imagination) b/f criticizing and stating fiction as though its fact

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  16. @ 8:06 ya no, no este año, andan bloqueando la carretera y atracando a la gente por Malpaso camino a Jerez, el otro día dispararon a unos chavos también en la carretera y han habido balaceras...este año el sábado de gloria no va a ser lo mismo :( está cabrón.

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  17. The World Is Yours Chapo!! Colombia Bolivia pa la coca. Guatemala transportation .meth labs all over Mexico. and the USA los customers.Arriba el Cartel Sinaloa and the Masterminds El Senor Chapo El Senor Mayo El Senor Azul puro gente de negocios pesados.10.4 El Bravo y los 300 Talibanes pa security.Gente Nueva las fuerzas military.Los Antrax protegiendo la plaza Culiacan...El Lic Macho Prieto y R5 los embajadores .Bank of America pa lavar el dinero.

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  18. No matter what anybody does there is always going to be drugs illegal or legal , they have been fighting this war for about 35 years now , they are never going to win its a stupid war with no winners .

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  19. I don't use drugs, and I never have. You might ,even say I'm straight edge. However, for most of humanity there is the desire to pleasure themselves through mind and body altering chemical substances. This at a possible cost to health and life in some cases. In other words, there is always going to be some people that are going to get high, whether it be legal or illegal substances. Im in the belief that illegal drugs should be legalized and the drinking age should be lowered to what it used to be. Why continue the prohibition and ciminality of illegal drugs, and at same time criminalize people. The drug war has failed. The incarceration of people for drug offenses in itself is a big money industry. Its high time, no pun intended, that illegal drugs should be legalized and taxed, so that jobs can be created and governments can balance, I doubt that, their budgets.

    The FARC have participed in drug trafficking, however, at a smaller scale in comparison to the Colombian cartels. If they had really invested themselves in cocaine trafficking they would have dominated it since they've had a guerrilla army and controlled territory. Now, if they decide to lay down their arms, the void left in the territory they controlled would leave it susceptible to a drug cartel with plenty of resources. Hence, CDS would get the opportunity to expand its sphere of operations already in place in Colombia. However don't expect JAG to become Che Chapo! ha ha ha!

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  20. 1:11 pm i agree with you dog is it me or are the colombians selling out chapo cause like they said alot of cartels from mexico are already operating out there or is zambada selling out chapo ???????

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  21. I want proof saying chapo snitched on el mochomo cuz el guacho b says ke he didnt watch the integatorio I believe that what he said is true cuz there actually in the game not like these wanna be cyber narcos who claim they kno everything.

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  22. March 30, 2013 at 8:06 AM nutthugging much?

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