US banks involved in Mexican drug trade

This video from the USA is called Wachovia Drug Money Laundering.

As the brutal war between the Mexican Government and the drug cartels claims the lives of thousands of civilian victims, evidence piles up of the complicity of US and international banks in the financing and arming of the global drug trade: here.

An arsenal of assault rifles and other weapons seized by police in Mexico has been traced to a US government program that intentionally allowed guns to be smuggled across the border: here.

David Zlutnick, Truthout: “Charles Bowden is an author and journalist whose work has largely focused on the US/Mexico Border region. His writing has especially centered on the Mexican drug war and Ciudad Juarez, the border city known as the epicenter of Mexican drug violence. Bowden sat down for a video interview with me while in San Francisco for a speaking engagement. In his responses he argues the extreme violence seen in Mexico is a sign of a deeper societal disintegration resulting from governmental corruption, failed economic policies and the war on drugs”: here.

Ginger Thompson, The New York Times News Service: “The United States is expanding its role in Mexico’s bloody fight against drug trafficking organizations, sending new C.I.A. operatives and retired military personnel to the country and considering plans to deploy private security contractors… Officials on both sides of the border say the new efforts have been devised to get around Mexican laws that prohibit foreign military and police from operating on its soil, and to prevent advanced American surveillance technology from falling under the control of Mexican security agencies with long histories of corruption”: here.

The Mexican government has acknowledged that US intelligence and military officials are deployed inside Mexico, but refused to confirm details on their role in the country’s “drug war” for reasons of “national security”: here.

Murder Incorporated: Guns, the NRA and the Politics of Violence on the Mexican Border. Mark Karlin, Truthout: “A phalanx of US law enforcement and military personnel patrol the Mexican border for undocumented migrants and drug traffickers, but there is comparatively little effort to keep firearms, which are increasingly heavy duty military-style semi-automatic weapons, from entering Mexico. Indeed, while the flow of the Rio Grande River separates most of Texas from Mexico, guns stream into Mexico in an ‘iron river’ from the United States”: here.

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  1. Mexico police find 513 US-bound migrants in trucks

    By MANUEL DE LA CRUZ, Associated Press – Tue May 17, 11:53 pm ET

    TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico – Police in Mexico’s southern Chiapas state found 513 migrants on Tuesday inside two trailer trucks bound for the United States, and said they had been transported in dangerously crowded conditions.

    Some of the immigrants were suffering from dehydration after traveling for hours clinging to cargo ropes strung inside the containers to keep them upright as the trucks bounced along from the Guatemalan border, and allow more migrants to be more crammed in on the floor.

    The trucks had air holes punched in the tops of the containers, but migrants interviewed at the state prosecutors’ office said they lacked air and water. The trucks were bound for the central city of Puebla, where the migrants said they had been told they would be loaded aboard a second set of vehicles for the trip to the U.S. border.

    “We were suffering, it was very hot and we were clinging to the ropes,” said Mario, a 23-year-old Honduran migrant who identified himself only by his first name, for security reasons. Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says thousands of undocumented migrants are kidnapped and held for ransom by drug gangs in Mexico each year.

    None of the migrants would say whether any drug gang had been involved in the mass smuggling scheme broken up early Tuesday when Chiapas state police discovered the migrants while using X-ray equipment on the trucks at a checkpoint in the outskirts of city of Tuxtla Gutierrez.

    The migrants said the smugglers were charging them about $7,000 apiece to get them into the United States. A Guatemalan migrant who identified himself as Juan said remaining in his hometown in Guatemala was not an option, noting “a lot of us are Indians, and we can’t stay in our homes. There is no work, and there’s nothing to eat.”

    An agent for the National Immigration Institute who was not authorized to be quoted by name said it was the largest shipment of migrants detained in Mexico in recent years.

    Police also arrested four people accused of smuggling the migrants, who are from Central and South America and Asia, Chiapas state prosecutors said in a statement.

    The alleged smugglers tried to escape police but were chased down and captured, prosecutors said.

    The immigration institute said in a statement that 410 of the migrants were from Guatemala, 47 from El Salvador, 32 from Ecuador, 12 from India, six from Nepal, three from China and one each from Japan, the Dominican Republic and Honduras. There were 32 women and four children among them.

    In January, Chiapas state authorities discovered 219 migrants squeezed into a trailer truck.

    Most of those migrants were from Central America but six were from Sri Lanka and four from Nepal.


  2. Police arrested for taking bribes

    MEXICO: Sixteen policemen allegedly bribed by a drug gang to provide protection have been arrested, prosecutors said on Monday.

    The officers from a town on the outskirts of Mexico City were reportedly paid to warn members of The Hand with Eyes gang about raids by other police forces.

    “In some cases, the suspect police acknowledged that the gang, in order not to be detained or taken to jail, would show a card that had an exclusive design and that identified them as members of the drug distribution network,” said Alfredo Castillo, chief prosecutor for Mexico state, which borders the capital.


  3. Border guard kills migrant worker

    MEXICO: The government has called on the US to “exhaustively” investigate the killing of a Mexican migrant worker on Tuesday night by a US border guard.

    Jose Alfredo Yanez of Tijuana was reportedly killed as he and two other Mexicans threw stones at US guards in a bid to resist arrest after attempting to cross into the US, apparently without the right documents.

    Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department demanded a thorough probe and questioned the “use of firearms to repel an attack with stones.”


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