Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DEA agent explains what it's like to infiltrate Mexican and Colombian drug cartels

Original article available at Global Post
Written By Ioan Grillo

Anti-drug agents are usually extremely cautious about spilling the beans on their secret world, which lies somewhere between espionage, police work and battlefield.

Agent Mike Vigil with a confiscated shipment of drugs /Via global post
 But here’s a rare inside look, offered by a veteran of the drug war. Mike Vigil, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s former chief of international operations, served more than three decades in the agency, including 18 years abroad, and more time than any other DEA agent in Mexico.

Now an independent consultant who still advises Mexican security forces, Vigil has detailed his work in a new memoir called “Deal.”

Vigil’s known as the agent who best infiltrated Mexico’s and Colombia’s violent cartels. And he lives to tell the tales.


He has many thrilling ones: pretending to be a trafficker and setting up cocaine deals; working to take down corrupt soldiers and police; watching a drug lord offer him $3 million for his freedom, and smiling as he turned it down.

But, no doubt, the DEA is a controversial operator. The US government has spent billions to break up narco networks in Latin America and elsewhere, only to see millions of Americans still abusing drugs. Some of the agency’s tactics, at times backed by elite military operatives, have also come under criticism.

And times have changed since Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs” in 1971. US citizens in many states are even voting to legalize pot. On this issue, Vigil is a defender of the DEA’s official, prohibitionist line about marijuana being a highly addictive gateway drug — claims that are increasingly disputed.

Still, whatever the debate, agents like Vigil have some of the sharpest inside knowledge of drug cartels wreaking havoc on the Americas.

Agent Mike Vigil

In a recent interview, GlobalPost asked Vigil to dish on some crime family secrets and to explain why he still backs the drug war. Excerpts follow.

GlobalPost: How did you first become a DEA agent?

Mike Vigil: I was always very interested in law enforcement. I grew up watching TV programs such as “The Untouchables,” “Dragnet” and “FBI.” I went to New Mexico State University, which was just south of my hometown and one of the few colleges that offered a four-year degree in police science criminology. I graduated with honors and looked at different law enforcement agencies. The one that attracted me was the DEA as it gave me the opportunity to work both in the United States and abroad.

How did you pull off the drug trafficker act?

Spanish was my first language and I didn’t learn English until I started school. I picked up the Mexican trafficking jargon very quickly. They have their own code words, their own way of talking. When I was working undercover I would totally expunge from my mind the fact that I was an undercover agent and, quite frankly, I transformed myself mentally into a drug trafficker. I thought like them, I acted like them, I spoke like them, and that prevented them from noticing any nervousness. There was no perspiration, and I knew how to answer all of their questions in a way they could not check on the story and check my bonafides.
 
Agent Mike Vigil in the jungle


What’s the closest you’ve come to losing your life?

I was working on a case in Caborca, Sonora, Mexico. I had met with a trafficker and negotiated to buy several tons of marijuana. Mexican federal agents moved in to make an arrest. A Mexican fed came and put his gun to the trafficker’s chest.

The trafficker grabbed the barrel and got leverage. He pulled back the gun so it went off and shot the fed in the head. I saw a splat of blood go up in the air. He turned quickly and fired two rounds at me from 3 feet with the federal agent’s gun. [Vigil wasn’t hit.] It all happened in two to three seconds. Then he went down. I was fortunate to have survived because I did an enormous amount of undercover work.

What motivated you to take this risk?

The big thing was that I enjoyed playing the chess game. It was the ultimate game of cat and mouse where somebody was going to win and somebody was going to lose. And it was the adrenalin rush, it was incredible. You really have to curb that situation. Because you find yourself taking more and more chances to get a bigger rush, and that is when it really becomes deadly.

How did you arrest Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, the Honduran trafficker convicted in the kidnapping of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena?

We tracked him to a house in Colombia. When we went in he started to run and jumped over a wall. I jumped after him and he was on the floor with a 9mm. I took out my gun and I was going to kill him, and he said, “Don’t shoot. I can get out of a prison, but I can’t get out of a tomb.” … Then he proceeded to offer me three and half million dollars if we turned him loose. He said he could have the money there in 20 minutes. Obviously, we told him to shove it. Later on the plane to the jail, he said, “I want to congratulate you because no one has been able to capture me in 20 years."

What do you think of accusations that the CIA was involved in Camarena’s killing or was negligent?

No, that is not correct. We know that it was the Guadalajara cartel. There are all kinds of allegations but there was never any evidence that I saw and I was pretty actively involved in that investigation. I’ve worked closely with the CIA and they would never do anything like that, involving themselves in the murder of a US agent. That would never happen.

What’s your opinion of how Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto administration is fighting drug traffickers?

I think it has done a very good job. It has carried on with the legacy of [former President] Felipe Calderon in trying to make an impact on the drug trade. Obviously it has resulted in a lot of violence, because a lot of the drug cartels were crippled, so others want to take control, and a lot of innocent people die as a result.

How about the release from prison of drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, also implicated in the killing of DEA agent Camarena?

The situation with Caro Quintero was pretty tragic. He is a killer, a complete psychopath, who has no respect for human life. For him to be released after killing Kiki Camarena and a multitude of other people is a travesty of justice. … I would have to say that it was corruption by the judge.

Who’s running the Sinaloa Cartel following the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman?

The information that I have is that Ismael “Mayo” Zambada is running the organization. … He has the ability, he is widely respected by the organization, he knows who the sources are for cocaine, and other drugs, and has a great understanding in all the aspects involved in cultivation, transportation and distribution.

What do you think of the use of soldiers to fight drug traffickers and the risk of civilians being killed, as in a recent case in Mexico state?

The military are good at using force but the military are not trained investigators, so when they go on these raids and arrest situations, they often destroy evidence. That may weaken the case against these cartel heads.



What’s your take on the marijuana legalization in two US states and in Uruguay, and high-profile criticism of the war on drugs?

Legalized marijuana is a tragedy. … Marijuana is highly addictive and has been proven to be a gateway to other drugs. What kind of message are we sending to our partners like Mexico and Colombia that every year lose hundreds of police officers and military personnel [at the hands of narco gangs] when we legalize drugs in the United States?

I think we need a very balanced approach to the drug situation where we have to work as a community. Families, the church, the school[s] and independent organizations have to work together to try to reduce the demand. You have to start educating children at a very early age in terms of the issues involved in taking illicit drugs.

91 comments:

  1. In your personal opinion what Mexican cartel was the most powerful in history? Agent: Cartel de Tijuana without a doubt.

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    1. You're not getting money. Just riding their nuts

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    2. and then something happened and suddenly we had anonymous tips on CAF...

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    3. People from Tijuana are funny lol still think CAF is strong and tgey think they are actually from Tijuana lol what a bunch of lames lol

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    4. I didnt see that question and answer??

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    5. Noooo carrillos organization had the most power I mean he made 25 billion what does that tell you and they never caught him

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    6. La CAFetera sigue rifando putos!

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    7. He was killed by whom ever didn't him there! Because he was one of those "fools". And then things were supposed to keeo 'going'......

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    8. We need much more demand reduction (prevention) not just supply reduction (enforcement). Now doubt a demanding job, but pretty much like 'shooting fish in a barrel.

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    9. Diddo on 8:44 comments. The public has grown weary of this money sump called the War on Drugs. Sounds like a good sound bite, but often times it amounts to extra-judicial punishment ala Phillipine style. Enforcement is only one dimension of this horrible problem that is resulting in the decay of families and society. We need to do more than trail'm; nail'm; and jail'm. Too often those with 'deep pockets and long arms' WALK.

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    10. Don Chuyito, Jesus Labra Avilés when he worked with jorge or jesus Quintero Payán a real Quintero family, and a Doctor, problem was, they met Benjamin arellano felix and he.got to bring his brothas into it, and they murdered Dr quintero payan, and they had sent don chuyito al bote, and they did not have el padrino around anymó, and their greed got them arellanuses all facked up, the same happened to amao carrillo juentes, did not last because he was a ratero and a murderer and a traitor..
      Which proves that if you behave and don't rob the american or the mexican governmentand bankster drug traffickers "too much" you can rob and work in peace for a long time, the patrones know a man may have special needs, sometimes, some, no too many...not all the time...to make sure we will keep you or your kids in prison for a little while, pleading guilty to... whatever...

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  2. Mr. Vigil is the closest anyone will ever get 2 an actual super hero.These are the ones everyone should look up 2. - El Sol Perdido

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    1. Look at the world we are "living in" villains by the millions all freely destroying things, but what about the opposite? ..

      It is because everything is mostly under the control sick, twisted pigs. Who have been controlling everything with many deceptions for centuries..

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    2. Using #s for words? Combine that with your message & you are not El Sol Perdido, you are el cerebro roto.

      Vigil is but residue of the failed Drug War [1971 - 2017]. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over & over, while expecting a different result. We are going on forty six [46] years of Drug War & what has that gotten us?...the posterchild for insane policy.

      Attentamente,
      AmigoAnónimo

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    3. Wow you are so wrong and also pathetic that you worship a guy like this. Mike vigil is either very naive or he is just lying when he claims the CIA "would never do something like that". Did he forget what the Iran-Contra Scandal was? Mr. Vigil do you know what Operation Condor was? My family is in this world and trust me, you people probably know 25% of the narco-related "news" that happens currently. And I only know the situation in Mexico and one other SA country. Most events that happen in this world, don't even get reported and definitely not on Borderland Beat

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    4. Of course he is going to deny that the cia had kiki killed. Why the fk would he say otherwise?. They are always quick to point a finger!. This guy called Rafa a cold blooded killer, he should take a look at his side of the street before he looks to judge!.

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    5. & you know some are suppost to change things around, but those type of pigs would not let them simple as that!

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    6. We knee iran contra and op.Condor...but there was nothing writzen about killing federal agents.... Or did i miss This in The Statement of o.north? You Are talking BS.
      And yes rfc is a cold blooded killer.doesnt matter if You did not like This but he ordered The killing of kiki and supervised his torture.they will catch him again and send him to the to The states

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    7. Please forgive Sol Perdido, he obviously doesn't know what he's talking about.

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    8. mister vigil unknown until today has been around a long time, and i congratulate him for his heroics, BUT...
      --Hector Berrellez, Phil Jordan, Mike Levine, Gary Webb, Operation 40 survivors and dead, the more than 100 presidential pardoned by george h w bush, and hundreds of other accusers agree that the CIA and the DEA, and Felix Ismael Rodriguez ARE IN FACT, GUILTY AS CHARGED, and that they murdered Kiki Camarena, after kidnapping him and torturing him and his pilot for three days, and that the CIA has been having the mexican DFS and federal police and armed forces doing their dirty deeds for them since before MEXICO68, AND EPN IS ANOTHER PUPPET BETRAYER OF MEXICO AND THE MEXICANS...
      --WE ALL KNOW HERE AND OTHER PLACES THAT REAL MEN WHO DON'T KNOW WHERE THE BUTTER GOES ON THEIR SLICE OF BREAD, THEY DON'T LAST LONG IN THEIR JOB...
      ...HECTOR BERRELLEZ AND CELE CASTILLO ARE MY WITNESSES, "max gomez" never sued 'estos imbeciles' (i mean felix ismael rodriguez mendigutia, heroe de mil batallas secretas) but Barry Seal knew him very well, they even partied together in mexico city bars as part of "Operation 40", there are photos...
      --sorry mister vigil, nothing personal...

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    9. Not mentioned thus far is the indiscriminate spraying of herbicides like GYCOPHOSPHATES on 10s of 1000s of hectares of agriculturally rich lands. Poisoning the land is like the final "fu<# you" to whomever actually is in charge down there, not that it matters.

      The spraying is criminal, by any normal person's standards. GYCOPHOSPHATES fu<# up the entire ecosystem, hastening the current mass extinction event we're currently amidst. The flora/fauna from that entire region is a treasure to be nurtured, not poisoned.

      The Drug War has bred violence, caused heartache, & cost the US tax payers trillions since 1971...only to find ourselves talking about weed, coke, meth, etc as everyday occurrences in 2016, almost 2017.
      Trillions.
      Forty six [46] years.
      That's crazy.
      I suggest the people in charge try something else, before the 50th anniversary [2021] to avoid that embarrassing golden status of failure. How about full decriminalization of everything, and confinement/rehabilitation for people whose self-control has been compromised to the detriment of self & others.
      It is that simple.

      Putting people in jail for drugs serve only the gatekeepers, no one else. It is a cold, ruthless human that would choose incarceration as a deterrence to drugs, when compassion, understanding, & employment opportunities have not only proven effective, but brought communities together as well.

      Off soapbox.

      Atentamente,
      AmigoAnónimo

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    10. Vigil is right, the CIA had no involvement. They won't take part in killing a US Agent. That's not to say they will stop him from being killed by someone else. Especially if they drop warnings in some manner that are ignored by an undercover Agent.

      Pay attention to what Vigil says about "the rush" and subcoming to it and undercovers putting themselves in even more dangerous positions.

      Think about it.

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    11. George hw bush who was a cia director in a past life had his national security agency people like oliver north working with his close friend felix ismael rodriguez carrying on with the contras and drug trafficking, on iran iraq selling weapons for oil, with Israel brokering deals wit iran, Richard secord, for air america, and admiral John poindexter, among other crooks,
      Felix Rodriguez represented himself all over SouthAmerica as a CIA AGENT maybe that is why the CIA is accused, but the mexican DFS sure was CIA puppet, like all the mexican politicians involved, and all kinds of american crooks left over from the nixxon era, it is very easy for the agency to clear up this confusion, come clear, and accuse the right people...stop covering up their dirty deeds...before they die.

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  3. Senor Vigil. Venga a el triangulo dorado. Aqui lo esperamos con brazos abiertos y con varias copias de su libro. Quiero su firma en mi copia especial. Este diga...

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  4. frontline in a failing war and still thinks prohibition is the answer....

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    1. He wouldn't have a job if they started de-scheduling drugs, do you expect him to say anything different? Plus he came up in the DEA during the prime of the "just say no" era. He's a 60-something year-old cop, his whole frame of mind is founded on that type of fairy-tale logic; "if only parents and the church would talk to kids about drugs, then they wouldn't take them." What a crock of shit.

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    2. Go say that 2 your parents and grandparents. And then let us know if they approve of what you say. 4 you are very ignorant. - El Sol Perdido

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    3. Make alcohol and tobacco illegal too and then I'll start to give their moralist argument some respect. Alcohol and tobacco cause more deaths per year in America than all drug overdoses combined. As long as you have double standards then what is the point of the rule in the first place?

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    4. 10:30am
      You should refrain from making any comments about a posters person or personal situation (telling them to ask their parents) because it demonstrates the poverty of your intellect.

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  5. Military intervention as in Iraq and Afghanistan. Drones dropping bombs on these scumbags. What's the wait. Long overdue......

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    1. The Military is already in Afghanistan protecting our Poopy fields:)

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  6. Anybody have any opinions on weed being addictive? I have seen a few examples. But those examples seemed more like caffeine addictions. But nothing major. Anybody have opinions on this one?

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    1. People who wind up "addicted" to pot were going to wind up addicted to something sooner or later. If there is such a thing as a gateway drug, it's alcohol. Have a few drinks and you're ready for anything.

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    2. ANYTHING can be addictive psychologically if the individual is predisposed to addiction. Some people have addictive personalities that make it easy for them to become addicted to everything from Coca-Cola to playing bingo at the local bingo hall. Something being physically addictive is a completely different story. There is a big difference between the two.

      Marijuana is to physically addictive nor is it a gateway drug. The whole gateway drug thing has already been debunked. Someone who is a hardcore drug user is likely to have used marijuana before simply because they are a hardcore drug user.

      I use marijuana. I don't smoke it as I prefer edibles. In states where it has been legalized. It's never once enticed me to try heroin. Or cocaine. Or meth. I can use it daily for months and then gone on a 2 week vacation out of the country and therefore couldn't bring it with and have absolutely no issues. I can go from using it daily to not using it all. Why? Because it's not physically addictive. If it was, I would have had major withdrawals and a vacation would have been miserable. But that simply isn't the case. Try doing that when using heroin, coke or meth on a daily basis... you couldn't.

      I hope the new administration doesn't deter the progress that has been made with marijuana reform. The stigma associated with it and the misinformation used by law enforcement and anti-marijuana lobbyists (funded by the private prison industry) is absurd.

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    3. I had a bout of the 'flu today 1 nice spliff with ibuprofen pretty much cured it. If that's addiction, then bring it on!

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    4. I agree, only gate way stuff is alcohol and tabaco

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    5. Alcohol is the main gateway! Don't let these people make u think otherwise

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    6. If its a gateway drug The whole population in The netherlands would ne addicted.
      Stupid Statement!!!

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    7. meth is also just mental addiction, youre not in any pain during withdrawals you just want it. just thinking about it makes you want it but its not a situation where you get headaches or become physycally disabled because you dont have it

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    8. in junior high schools all over the US mariguana is pushed relentlessly to young students, by the time they get into high school they are addicted, and working to buy their own, or better, and customers for life, all repeat buyers.
      not everybody has the education or the independent character to escape, grown up mariguanos con pelos en el fundillo are suppossed to know better than trying to push their vices saying it is not addictive, or that it is all a harmless fun, by the way that was the line, cocaine was not as addictive as heroin, another facking lie...

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    9. 11:48-That's you that can go without for a 2 week vacation.You obviously don't smoke your joints like cigarettes like a lot of people do,1 joint every 2 hours.coffee breaks at work,etc.I spent a nightmare honeymoon in Venezuela with a new husband going through pot withdrawals ranting and raving publicly over a 25 cent charge for an extra checked bag with Avianca in Caracas airport terminal wondering if he was going to be arrested.All the coke you could find for $10 a gram but no MJ.He admitted it was the 1st time in 20 years he ever went 2 weeks without pot and it was hell on earth.Even alcohol didn't alleviate his anxiety that much.There are actually people in rehab and N.A.[narcotics anomymous] for pot although the consequences of drug use are much more obvious with other forms of drugs like meth and coke.

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    10. Hey kids, I'm a loyal reader of BB in SF CA here, I've been smoking weed for 45 years and I'm not addicted yet ;)

      In late 70s early 80s in Zipolite beach (Oaxaca coast near what is now Huatulco) you could score all diff kinds of mota from Oaxaca and Guerrero, dried peyote buttons from San Luis Potosi, dried mushrooms from Chiapas, and local goma and Andean coca on its way to el otro lado if you wanted them (I didn't). All really cheap, too. Quite a local scene back then. I really miss Mexico.

      BTW for all your drug-smuggling history buffs I highly recommend the book "Weed - Adventures of A Dope Smuggler" by Jerry Kamstra, 60s-era head from Santa Cruz. Excellent gonzo-journalism style story and photos of dope's journey from the mountains of Mexico to the streets of San Francisco. Lots of yes, inside dope on Mexico and the beginnings of the weed business. It's out of print but you can sometimes find it used.

      "Mind if I do a J?" -The Dude

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    11. @canadiana Your husband was psychologically addicted. Not mentally addicted. Psychologically being addicted to something can be even worse than bein physically addicted. He wasn't craving it because marijuana is physically addictive. He was having issues because he was psychologically addicted to it. He's likely someone who could easily become addicted to alcohol, gambling, etc. Some people are simply predisposed to addictions. Those people shouldn't use marijuana, alcohol, gamble, etc.

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    12. Psyrchorlorgicarlly addicted is the same as mentally güey, unless a person really has the brain on las patas but really this with the ass, like all other people with mental problems "en el cerebro..."
      --I don't know why, but have any of youses noticed that as famous writers with published Great Operas get more famous and influential they also get sought to write crap and government leaning propaganda? With all due respect to madam Ioan Grillo, I see she now belongs on the shelf with anabel hernandez, who recently published PGR prooaganda "stolen" from the PGR and "diffused" by prestigious reporter Carmen Airistegui, all of which don't make a motherfacking lie true.
      --Please make sure miss Ioan Grillo reads these comments and stops tryin to cover the sun with both hands when she can't find her ass with both of them and a map...

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    13. Not certain about addiction but I do have a friend that had a prescription for years as a cancer survivor that won't touch it anymore. She said it started to make her paranoid. She started seeing stuff that wasn't there. And no it wasn't laced, it was delivered by police escorts in Michigan.

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    14. 3:08 that right about paranoid, others feel sexy, others feel hungry, and some slice their mother's throat for a dollar or two to buy another joint, we really are all different and have different results, not worth it.

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  7. Wow this guy thinks FC and EPN have done a good job and still thinks prohibition is the best answer to the drug war..speechless

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    1. Loser wouldn't have a job

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    2. This guy is just brainwashed and face it: without the War On Drugs he'd be without a job!

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    3. fc is Felipe Calderon

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  8. I am addidcted to marijuana. It has caused nothing but misery in my life. Ice cream is delicious. Movies are awesome. Sex is amazing. Inflamation is nonexistent in my body. Im nicer and kinder to people. You know all the horrible stuff like that that pot does to you.

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    1. Aka makes you lazy
      We already getting beat in education now we're gonna get slaughtered

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    2. the problems start when you stop smoking weed, weed relaxes you lowering anxiety so much that when you dont have it your body feels as you loose control of the anxiety and it goes up, like a catapoult, anxiety is loaded on a catapoult and weed is the rope that pulls it down, the more you smoke the more tge anxiety is lowered, and when you stop is like cuttin that rope and what happens? anxiety shoots waaaay up. you gotta admit that many pot smokers say they get grumpy if they dont smoke weed, or feel like shit cant work, theres always that one negative thing about not taking their daily joint, thats a sign of addiction. but the good thing is that you dont overdose

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    3. as you say, it is addictive, that is why you have repeat customers, stop making excuses, you have a monkey in your back, young people don't need it...

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  9. He has to say those things. That is or was his job. But I agree with you sir and it is getting much worse with the addiction and violence.

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  10. This guy wants attention. Obviously his retirement is boring. Alot of baby boomers are facing the same problem they feel useless and are looking for some ata boy or last hurrah. It happens to CEOs company presidents, doctors, cops and ex military vets. Let it go let it go it's a war we can't win!!!! In fact it's not even a war. It's terrorism. Cartels don't play by the rules

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  11. You cannot win this "war" if the mentality of consuming drugs iw not changed. Drugs are so embedded in popular culture now that it's almost a safe bet to say that those that do not consume drugs are becoming the minority in this country. It is not even an uphill battle - shit it is not even a battle with this trend.

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    1. Makes me think someone could create a video of celebrities or people doing drugs, then showing the impacts of Mexico. Would be a nice contrast video.

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  12. This guy is a joke, CIA is willing to kill even presidents if need be.

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  13. “Marijuana is highly addictive and has been proven to be a gateway to other drugs“: what a fucking dick head this guy is! The vast majority of people who tried weed does not end up addicted! Also: 'every addicts' first encounter with drugs is alcohol.

    If we make sure the pusher/seller/shop offering alcohol and weed does not also push/sell/offer meth/heroin/coke etc. there is no gateway effect!

    This Vigil is a fucker and liar.

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    1. I was in rehab when they asked
      What is 1 good thing weed has done for you.
      My buddy responded, it introduced me to Crystal Meth and I fell in love

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  14. hit me with an offer.

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  15. I'm not saying weed is a horrible drug or that it should be illegal but to think it is harmless is laughable and shows how naive a lot of people are. Being naive is not good when it comes to any type of drug.

    In my opinion if you want to smoke, that's fine, it's not a big deal. It is your body and I don't feel it is worse than alcohol. But remember it is a drug and it is addicting. Like anything moderation is the key.

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  16. Lol, this asshole is a complete liar. Its a known fact as to why the DEA is not successful in combating or stopping illegal drugs coming into USA cause most of the agents are corrupt.

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  17. this guy is a joke spent his whole career fighting this drug war and accomplished absolutely nothing. Mexican government doing a good job? weed being legal a tragedy? shove your book up your a**

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  18. I clicked on this hoping to finally see an article or anything, for that matter, that doesnt have this asshole mike vigils name attached to it. From articles like this, to tv shows (gangsters, im looking at you) to books. This guy has made his lifes income amd then some off the drug war.. fuck off , asshole. The CIA HAS smuggled drugs into this country. It was proven in court of law. "Marijuana is a gateway drug" gtfoh with this reefer madness bullshit- its 2016, this bullshit isnt flying anymore...theres other drugs that are true gateway drugs- painkillers/ie oxy- but theyre paying off this assholes lobbyist buddies in dc- i could go on- this guy has made more money at the FAILED drug war then he likes to admit. And what does he have to say about there being more drugs in the us, and stronger drugs, oh yeah and theyre cheaper also.. the drug war is the longest, most profitable war for a reason..fuck you mike vigil- get your ugly mug out of every article/show about drugs. Is he donating all the money from his "book" to charity????

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  19. Don't disregard the probability,he might been sarcastic!Talking Political correct,proactive!

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  20. And sorry to keep ranting, but they already had a drug program for kids called DARE. Guess what? It was a miserable failure also. Weed is about as addictive as your afternoon sugar rush, probably less. Lets get rid of cigs and alchohol 1st, then go from there. Ps mike vigil is a pussy

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    1. 12:47 Refer addicts are easy to spot . If nothing else points them out an rant like yours will surely give them away . Whats the longest you done without weed in the last year ? Either you spend a tremendous amount of effort to beat the tests at work of you don't work . That is if your a refer addict . If maybe your self employed or deal drugs . That is if your a refer addict . Its hard to keep a job and support your family but anybody addicted will adapt .

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  21. Hmmm...no mention of DEA agents knowingly partying with cartel members and receiving money and prostitutes in Colombia while on duty...I refuse to believe that this moron or any other DEA agent didn't accept some bribes from high ranking drug traffickers. After all, I think a DEA agents salary tops off at about 110k a year, maybe a little but more. So maybe this guy had a couple of extra zeroes in his bank account but for the sake of "fighting" the war on drugs decided not to say anything abd play it off as Christmas bonuses. And let's not forget, this idiot said that he was 99% sure that it was El Chapo in a "leaked" video that turned out to be some old guy in a music video by some banda. What an idiot.

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  22. I wonder what narco from caborca son. Was it?????

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  23. @9:33 HAHA that was a good one. I haven't smoked pot since high school and i'm 36.. I don't sell drugs. And I don't use drugs. I don't drink alcohol (Over 10 years now) and I don't smoke cigarettes. Any other questions? I'm a veteran, and I haven't stopped working since I was 17 years old. Nice try though.
    Reefer smokers are easy to spot lol.
    Clowns that don't know shit and believe everything their government tells them are easy to spot for me.. Gtfoh with that bullshit, nobodys buying it anymore.

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    1. 9:27 once you have smoked the hierba, it will show in everything you do or say, and in what you hear, even if nobody said anything, I hope you get better.

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  24. @8:33 Of course Mike Vigil and his dea buddies kept a lot of that cash for themselves. He's playing a game here with his comments. You know what his answers are going to be by just reading the questions. Also, no mention of Fast and the Furious.. The US gov has been in bed with these guys forever.
    Heres another great example. The Twins (Flores Brothers) were importing over 2000 kilos of cocaine and heroin into the US while working for the feds. The feds looked the other way the whole time, let them do what they needed to do. As long as the twins could help them get Chapo. The twins made who knows how much money (most of which was never found) and got 14 years in prison. When they get out, if they live, theyll have all those millions tucked away somewhere to live the life they want to. THE DEA KNEW what the twins were doing. Is that not a conflict of interest, I don't know what is.
    Bottom line is, the DEA is just as grimey, if not MORE, then all these kingpin types they bust..
    If the dea had anyones best interest at heart the crack epidemic never wouldve been able to happen. And the modern day crack epidemic (opiates/pain killers) also never wouldve happened.
    But hey, pot is a gateway drug. You could smoke pot, fall asleep, and wake up with a needle in your arm/s

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  25. Interview was pure government propaganda. What a coincidence that someone who invested their whole life in the phony drug war is going to support it and say that the drug war is legit. This Mike character lined his pockets for decades with money stolen from the American people under the premise of this drug war hoax. And I guarantee he knows it. And I also guarantee that he made more money from the drug war than the average drug dealer. If we didn't have a drug war then we wouldn't have drug cartels and we wouldn't need Mike.

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  26. Glad to see how many people know this guy is hot air, but the source for this article is over 2 years old!

    Sure did get aggressively defensive about involvement with the Camarena murder.. Didn't even touch the part of negligence?

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    1. 3:11 great reports ever get old and never die, many times explain clear and present dangers based on past performances that come back to bite you on the ass, some call them "history", they get delayed too often until after we have our feet deep in the deep shit again...

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  27. An article came out here in a New Mexico news channel since Vigil was born and raised in Espanola, New Mexico, the Lowrider and "Heroin" Capitol of the US, I proceeded to comment that I would not be buying his book and got attacked by his friends and family members here in NM. Many innocents have died in this drug war, it's a farce, no mention of the Iran/Contra, no mention of fast and furious, this guy lives a very financially set life on this drug war, time to decriminalize and treat as a health issue, the drug war was lost before it even started.

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    1. 7:55 show them this BB article AND THE COMMENTS, I am sure you can handle the consequences, new mexico now deals medical grifa to all the neighbor states and beyond, I am sure mister vigil is a partner on a few medicine man enterprises, and ioan the suspect is starting to look like a judas too.

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    2. Absolutely, you are righthe, not surprised how many of these folks now are on the side of Medicinal Marijuana, people here in NM can obtain their Mota card as well as a grower's card allowing up to 16 adult plants I believe, now in Colorado and Washington it's fully legal, many people are flocking to Denver. Vigil has been a player in this war on drugs that was lost when it started and it's pretty interesting to me how Espanola NM where Vigil was born and raised is known as a Heroin Capitol since the 1960's and 1970's.

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  28. I do not use drugs. I work in mexico. The dea Cia and Mexican government can not be trust
    The Catels r super dangerous
    When i get stopped i just keep my mouth shut. When see something I just forget it.either one will lock up up r kilt u

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  29. Local law enforcement keept money also lol lol let people use. Alcohol kills. Let all dumb asses kilt themselves

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  30. U.S. Congresswoman MAXINE WATERS (D-Watts):

    “Several informed sources have told me that an appendix to this Report was removed at the instruction of the Department of Justice at the last minute. This appendix is reported to have information about a CIA officer, not agent or asset, but officer, based in the Los Angeles Station, who was in charge of Contra related activities.According to these sources, this individual was associated with running drugs to South Central Los Angeles,around 1988. Let me repeat that amazing omission. The recently released CIA Report Volume II contained an appendix, which was pulled by the Department of Justice, that reported a CIA officer in the LA Station was hooked into drug running in South Central Los Angeles.”

    www.powderburns.org

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  31. http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5878115

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  32. Mike Vigil is a corrupt piece of shit. He is an ass kisser of drug lords and higher authority.

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