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Cartels Killing Mexico’s Mayors

On January 2, 2016, hired killers from the Los Rojos cartel set off for the home of 33-year-old Gisela Mota, the first female mayor of Temixco. The killers smashed the front door open and, in front of her terrified family, they beat and shot her several times, killing her.

The cartels are now fighting for political to control towns and rob the their resources.

Arturo Beltrán Leyva

Arturo Beltrán Leyva

Morelos State had long been used by drug lord Arturo Beltrán Leyva to fly in cocaine from Colombia before taking it north. In 2009, American D.E.A. agents located Mr. Beltrán Leyva’s whereabouts. The D.E.A. informed the Mexican marines who, in an attack, killed Beltrán Leyva and four of his men.

Without their leader, men who had worked for Beltrán Leyva formed their own splinter cartels, including Los Rojos and Guerreros Unidos, and went on a killing rampage. The two cartels now fight over turf in Morelos and neighboring Guerrero State, leaving piles of bodies.

These new cartels continue to traffic drugs, but have also used their assassins to get involved in Mexico’s local politics – including  contracts for valuable building projects, the right to name the town police chiefs and forcing mayors to give them 10 percent of their budgets. In this way, the cartels are getting money even from the United States, which provides the Mexican government with about $300 million a year in drug-war aid.

Corruption is part of Mexico’s culture and is as old as the country itself. Narcos have been bribing politicians as long as they have been smuggling drugs to Americans. Mayors, governors and federal officials have turned a blind eye to opium fields and meth superlabs—they like the money.

With more than 2,000 mayors in Mexico, the combined profit is worth billions of dollars a year. Sometimes cartels even put one of their own men directly in as Mayor. This was the case in  Iguala, whose mayor, José Luis Abarca, is now in prison on organized crime charges, accused of being a member of Guerreros Unidos. Dozens of his police officers are also in jail, accused of being cartel me in uniform.

In September 2014, the Iguala police and men from the Guerreros killed or kidnapped more than 40 students. dern Mexico. icy reform, meaning wider legalization of some drugs, like marijuana, and better addiction treatment to reduce the use of others, like heroin, can help bleed the gangster financing. But with cartels now diversified into a portfolio of crimes and taking over the political establishment, it won’t stop them.

Yet, Mexico also needs to fight narco-corruption that infests its police and politics at state and federal levels. Unfortunately, many of the people in the Mexican government have links to cartels, including the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and the opposition. With so much money and power in the narcos’ hands, it is not likely that a solution can be found.

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