Redistributing the black market
Suspected drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano Felix pleaded not guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges Thursday.
The predictable quotes:
"There is no discernible leader left to fill the void" in the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel, said John Fernandes, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's San Diego office. "I don't consider this organization disrupted. I consider this organization defunct."Even if that's true, so what? You really think all those billions of dollars worth of orders on this side of the border are just going to go unfilled because the other two cartels won't recognize a good business opportunity when they see one?
In Mexico, Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca (is that Spanish for empty headed) said Thursday that the arrest "totally devastated" the cartel.