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Mexican narco-culture seeping into America

Mexico captured its “most wanted” drug lord on Friday, February 27, former primary school teacher, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez.

The 49-year-old gang boss was the prime target of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s effort to regain control of Michoacán, a western state wracked by clashes between Gomez’s Knights Templar cartel and armed vigilantes trying to oust them.

The arrest comes as Peña Nieto seeks to quell public outrage in Mexico after the late September abduction and apparent massacre by fire of 43 trainee teachers by corrupt police in league with gang members. This incident has triggered Peña Nieto’s deepest crisis. Attorney General Jesus Murillo, under fire for months over his handling of that investigation, will step down, a senior government official said on Friday.

After months of intelligence work, federal police said they captured Gomez and some people with him early in the morning at a house in the Michoacán state capital of Morelia. Police said no shots were fired.

Gomez is wanted by the United States for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine. The U.S. Justice Department said he was also involved in the 2009 murder of 12 Mexican federal police officers.

Antonio Mazzitelli, Mexico’s representative to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, trying to minimize the importance of Gomez, stated, “He was a fugitive, living in the jungle,” Mazzitelli said. “But it’s an important step in terms of Peña Nieto’s credibility.”

Does Peña Nieto have any credibility at all?

Gomez used social media to attack Peña Nieto. Whether on YouTube or talking to the media from hideouts, Gomez relentlessly baited accused Peña Nieto of colluding with rival gangs while defending his Knights Templar as a “necessary evil.”

Gomez’s Knights Templar extorted a broad sweep of businesses, controlled politicians and diversified from drug trafficking into myriad other operations, including the export of iron ore.

Gomez became the front man of the Knights Templar after a split within drug cartel La Familia Michoacana, a pseudo Catholic-religious gang in which he was also a leading figure.

Peña Nieto’s corrupt government and police at every level encompasses all of Mexico. The capture of Gomez is just for show. He has always been protected by Mexican government, the boss of the several Mayors, and even the state governor of Michoacán̶ -who was a close neighbor.

The arrest of Gomez is just a show to improve the tarnished International image of the Peña Nieto, who will become more believable when he captures his uncle Arturo Montiel, who is wanted in several countries. Several years ago, Montiel, a former governor and a leading contender for the presidential race in Mexico, withdrew his candidacy in the face of corruption allegations against his family.

In addition, when Rafael Caro Quintero was arrested, and Peña Nieto set him free, failing to honor the USA’s extradition requested. Quintero founded the now-disintegrated Guadalajara Cartel with Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and other drug traffickers in the 1970s.

The release of Rafael Caro Quintero from a Mexican prison in August 2013 was a blow to US-Mexico relations, the reputation of the Mexican justice system, and the drug war. Quintero had been imprisoned since 1989 for drug trafficking, murder, and perhaps most importantly the abduction, torture and killing of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an agent for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

In addition, Raul Salinas de Gortari, a corrupt money launderer was set free by Peña Nieto. Raul Salinas de Gortari is the older brother of Mexico’s former president Carlos Salinas and served as his aide and as a government food distribution officer. In early 1994 he was arrested on charges of masterminding the murder of his ex-brother-in-law, Pepe Ruiz Massieu, and, in January 1999, he was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder. (Six months later a Mexican appeals court reduced this sentence to 27 1/2 years.)

He also has been accused of money laundering and “inexplicable enrichment.” The Swiss government and court have determined that the bulk of Raul’s over $100 million in Swiss accounts is protection money paid by the drug cartels. Switzerland is not only keeping the money but considering criminal prosecution.

Yes, for Peña Nieto, the list is long.

Unfortunately, the Mexican culture is slowly taking over parts of the U.S., especially along the border areas.

2 comments to Mexican narco-culture seeping into America

  • Ivette:
    Thanks! We feel very strongly about what is going on in Mexico. Glad you appreciated the post.
    God Bless,

  • Ivette

    I’m still following the news with the “Tuta” case as I don’t complete get it but your post summed about everything up

    Great post Mary Ann

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