Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Tunnel mastermind busted

You remember that tunnel that was busted back in January under the Mexico-US border? Well it appears they just busted the guy they claim is responsible for digging it. Federal drug agents arrested Mexican drug lord Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix while he was deep sea fishing off the Baja.
The law enforcement official said two suspected assassins for the gang were among the eight adults and three juveniles on the sport fishing boat, the Dock Holiday. [...]

The Arellano-Felix gang is one of the three large Mexican drug cartels, along with the Gulf Cartel and the Federacion.
The investigation has been going on for 14 months. It looks like someone was finally tempted by the $5 million reward. For what good it's going to do.

Don't get me wrong. It's a violent cartel and it's good that they busted it but it won't make a dent in the trafficking. It won't take ten minutes for somebody to jump in to fill that breach and it will just make the remaining cartels that much stronger. Mu guess is the violence in Mexico will get worse as the dealers battle for the new turf. Plus, add the reward to the hundreds of thousands they likely spent on the investigation and you're still not getting a good return for your tax dollars.

I'll say it again. The only way to take down these cartels permanently is to legalize the drugs and take their market away.


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