Drug War Horrors Continue

Friends and family of David Michael Hartley mourn where he was shot and killed by suspected drug cartel members on Falcon Lake on the US/Mexico border.Friends and family of David Michael Hartley mourn where he was shot and killed by suspected drug cartel members on Falcon Lake on the US/Mexico border.The terrible story of David Hartley, an American man shot in the head by Mexican drug cartel members while riding Jet Skis with his wife, is getting worse.

Shortly after I posted this story about drug cartels thwarting the search for Hartley’s body at Falcon Lake on the Texas/Mexico border, it was reported that the beheaded body of the lead Mexican investigator into the case has been delivered to authorities in a suitcase.

Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. told KRGV that the body of Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, a homicide investigator for the Procuraduria de Tamaulipas, was delivered in a suitcase with no note.

There had been conflicting reports from Mexican authorities about two suspects in the case, and Texas Governor Rick Perry has been pressuring Mexican and US Federal authorities to take some action.

The spilling-over of Mexican drug violence into the United States is an inevitable consequence of current North American drug polices. Just like it did in the days of Al Capone, prohibition kills.

Though Mexican president Felipe Calderon opposes the legalization of marijuana and other drugs, Mexican drug cartels are sure to be weakened if Proposition 19 in California passes and a large legal market develops.

This case is getting a lot of attention from the mainstream US media, and it should be interesting to see how it plays out, especially if the White House gets involved.

Jeremiah Vandermeer is editor of Cannabis Culture. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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Jeremiah Vandermeer is Cannabis Culture Chief of Operations and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.

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6 Comments

  1. Roberto Delope on

    As a Mexican, I find it easy to understand Americans
    the situation that this war involves us is not easy, we allude to this work.
    With the proposed 19 is possible to make the change.
    As a Mexican I am sorry to hear that foreign people die due to traffic drugs from Mexico.
    I consume marijuana, but every time I smoke I think of people who die every day because of the illegality of marijuana, I think it’s stupidity not to see how good we can make this plant, not only as medicine, but it also as a good source of income and jobs, jobs that need the Mexicans … there is the great answer to what leads us to seek better life in America, generating more jobs for people to not fence the U.S. illegally.
    Together we can all
    Look at that plant response that we all want to know, and achieve peace between us.

  2. Troy Campbell on

    Were you just born stupid or did you have to work at it for many years ill break this down for you,

    If marijuana was legalized as in being a regulated and tranparent industry where competitors can no longer get away with just murdering there rivals like the cartels do for instance you murder all the top dogs in a cartel and it takes years before the victims to rebuild but in a legal and transparent market there is the fact of shareholders so we go from a cartel that has possibly a few thousand members of which 2% maybe are bosses compared to a legal corporation producing cannabis where there are hundreds of thousands of shareholders so even if 20 executives or even a hundred are murdered there positions will be filled within the month and during that time there will still be business being conducted as these types of companies will have large supplies of product available , and then if you are completely idiotic cartels survive and thrive by use of violence to put there competitors out of business in america today you dont see the president of Jack Daniels Distileries or the other ceo’s putting out hit contracts on Weisers distillery. The fact that the cartels will have to be licenced for 1, pay taxes for 2, deal with unions and labour board and human rights to be able to operate as well as numerous inspections by health boards and every other control that tobacco and alcohol producers have to deal with and just the fact that they will no longer need to rely on guns and violence to get there product to its destination instead delivery will rely on there business being legit and having the proper importation documents , not to mention that in a business that rely on its present illegality competitors dont call the police or other federal organizations as it is now if cartel leader A ,want to put cartel leader B out of businees they burn down there fields murder there leaders and the violence goes on if it was legal these types of actions would quickly put the offenders behind bars very quickly because cartel leader b would no longer have to keep these actions quiet in fear that his own illegal supply of marijuana is found and he is then arrested with his who organization,

    It seems many people like you like to forget that if cannabis was legal then there is no longer an incentive to keep quiet when your attacked due to your business practice being illegal as well make it legal and then anyone who wants to resort to violence will quickly be put out of business not to mention under legalization massive corporations like marlboro for instance will build huge growing facilities to produce high quality bud in the US and canada and take massive bites out of the cartels profits. But if you really think cartels will be able to operate illegaly then tell me why is it there arent huge violent wars between the different distilleries , but under alcohol prohibition the violence was about the same as what exists today between the cartels.

  3. Anonymous on

    Whatcha talkin bout Willis? mexico doesn’t have medical marijuana. The purpose of California voting to legalize on the state level will hopefully encourage other states to also hold legalization votes on the state level as the federal government wants nothing to do with it and hopefully with enough states voting in favor of legalizing it will force the hand of the federal government.

  4. LONESTAR on

    IN NO WAY DO I SEE A CONNECTION WITH ALL THESE MURDERS AND THE BORDER.DRUGS HAVE BEEN BEHIND COUNTLESS MURDERS REGARDLESS WHERE THE DRUGS COME FROM.MEXICO HAS MEDICAL WEED TOO,SO HOW IS PROPOSTION 19 GONNA CHANGE MEXICO FROM PROFITING FROM OUR I REPEAT OUR DRUG USE.YOU DON’T THINK PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE IN THE U.S.A. BEHIND MEDICAL MARIJUANA.DRUG TRADE IS STILL DRUG TRADE PEOPLE KILL FOR MONEY AND PROFIT.DON’T GET IT WRONG I SMOKE DAILY …ALL DAY…. BUT I THINK IT’S WRONG TO LABEL MEXICO AS THE ONLY PROBLEM IN OUR WAY TO LEGAL WEED.
    _LONESTAR_

  5. Big Baby Jesus on

    I sometimes sit and wonder how fucked up things must get (by my opinion of how things should be) before something changes in the right direction. I am also utterly amazed about how fucking stupid most of my fellow Americans are when it comes to the “war on drugs”. I think many, many people will have to be murdered along the border, and a few well into American soil for shock value, before the bovine, Wal-Mart masses are finally galvanized into doing something good for all of us and legalize all of the 7 banned drugs.

    ** Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout rocks ass
    ** So does THSeeds “Hog”

    2 more going down, here’s to Marc. Educate yourself all you can and stay well rested bro.