Former Mexican Governor Admits Past Presidents Controlled Drug Trade

The Mexican political world was sent reeling this weekend after a former PRI politician admitted his party had exercised strong control over Mexico's drug trafficking routes.

During a recent university conference, former Nuevo Leon governor Socrates Rizzo said that previous PRI presidents had formalized agreements with drug cartel leaders to coordinate and protect Mexico's lucrative drug trade, Milenio reports. Rizzo argued that presidential control over smuggling prevented the widespread violence that has been commonplace since the 2000 election of PAN president Vicente Fox, which ended more than 70 years of PRI control.

To add insult to injury, in a Wikileaks cable released Saturday Rizzo says he fears national elections would further enmesh organized crime in Mexico's political system.

"While the two principal parties - PRI and PAN - had both taken steps to guard against the infiltration of narco-money in the campaigns, in practice it would be practically impossible to prevent organized crime from bankrolling candidates. One way the cartels could impact the race would be to just bribe television anchorpersons and the commentators, thereby ensuring that their particular candidate received favorable coverage. Alternatively, he said, organized crime could provide a candidate's staff with walking around money to distribute to voters."

Although Rizzo Garcia's admission merely confirms an open secret in Mexican society, his comments have shaken Mexican politics as the country's major political parties gear up for the 2012 presidential election. Borderland Beat has an excellent analysis of the fallout here.

- Article from Business Insider.


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I'm sure this is really old

I'm sure this is really old news to the U.S. government. The drug war is certainly one of the largest corruptions in our society to date. It's sad that they can just lie like they do, and know it the whole time! I know they're not stupid, just entirely too ignorant in practice. Frankly, if you take the time to arrest people for being placid and ANTI-VIOLENT (i.e. smoking pot) then we definitely should be giving people decades of jail for drunk driving. The real problem is alcohol use, but politicians are too selfish to admit it. Well guess what alcohol supporting, pot hating prohibitionists: GROW UP ASSHOLES! YOU'RE KILLING PEOPLE LIKE THE FREAKING PLAGUE. I tried to smoke too much weed, but IT'S IMPOSSIBLE. Now...let me go try that with alcoho........................ X-O

I'm sure this is really old

I'm sure this is really old news to the U.S. government. The drug war is certainly one of the largest corruptions in our society to date. It's sad that they can just lie like they do, and know it the whole time! I know they're not stupid, just entirely too ignorant in practice. Frankly, if you take the time to arrest people for being placid and ANTI-VIOLENT (i.e. smoking pot) then we definitely should be giving people decades of jail for drinking and drunk driving. The real problem is alcohol use, but politicians are too selfish to admit it. Well guess what alcohol supporting, pot hating prohibitionists: GROW UP ASSHOLES! YOU'RE KILLING PEOPLE LIKE THE FREAKING PLAGUE. I tried to smoke too much weed, but IT'S IMPOSSIBLE. Now...let me go try that with alcoho........................ X-O

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You can stone me for posting twice. My mistake!

I'm sure this is really old

I'm sure this is really old news to the U.S. government. The drug war is certainly one of the largest corruptions in our society to date. It's sad that they can just lie like they do, and know it the whole time! I know they're not stupid, just entirely too ignorant in practice. Frankly, if you take the time to arrest people for being placid and ANTI-VIOLENT (i.e. smoking pot) then we definitely should be giving people decades of jail for drinking and drunk driving. The real problem is alcohol use, but politicians are too selfish to admit it. Well guess what alcohol supporting, pot hating prohibitionists: GROW UP ASSHOLES! YOU'RE KILLING PEOPLE LIKE THE FREAKING PLAGUE. I tried to smoke too much weed, but IT'S IMPOSSIBLE. Now...let me go try that with alcoho........................ X-O

I'm sure this is really old

I'm sure this is really old news to the U.S. government. The drug war is certainly one of the largest corruptions in our society to date. It's sad that they can just lie like they do, and know it the whole time! I know they're not stupid, just entirely too ignorant in practice. Frankly, if you take the time to arrest people for being placid and ANTI-VIOLENT (i.e. smoking pot) then we definitely should be giving people decades of jail for drinking and drunk driving. The real problem is alcohol use, but politicians are too selfish to admit it. Well guess what alcohol supporting, pot hating prohibitionists: GROW UP ASSHOLES! YOU'RE KILLING PEOPLE LIKE THE FREAKING PLAGUE. I tried to smoke too much weed, but IT'S IMPOSSIBLE. Now...let me go try that with alcoho........................ X-O

I'm sure this is really old

I'm sure this is really old news to the U.S. government. The drug war is certainly one of the largest corruptions in our society to date. It's sad that they can just lie like they do, and know it the whole time! I know they're not stupid, just entirely too ignorant in practice. Frankly, if you take the time to arrest people for being placid and ANTI-VIOLENT (i.e. smoking pot) then we definitely should be giving people decades of jail for drinking and drunk driving. The real problem is alcohol use, but politicians are too selfish to admit it. Well guess what alcohol supporting, pot hating prohibitionists: GROW UP ASSHOLES! YOU'RE KILLING PEOPLE LIKE THE FREAKING PLAGUE. I tried to smoke too much weed, but IT'S IMPOSSIBLE. Now...let me go try that with alcoho........................ X-O

Very weak and dumb drug war!

In American history, why would anyone want to try and fight a war without knowing that you can for sure win and win fast. The anti-druggie$ are fighting a war that cannot be beat!

RE: Very Weak And Dumb Drug War

Sorry but it looks like you have the wrong idea about why the War on Drugs was started to begin with, and why it has persisted for as long as it has. The War on Drugs was begun to accomplish 2 things, to protect favored crony industries from competition and to provide the legal mechanism to persecute minorities, including especially disenfranchisement. The cessation of traffic in contraband drugs was never the real goal -- far from it. There have been numerous investigations which suggest that elements of the government itself has been involved in illicit drug trafficking -- everything from opium, morphine & heroin to amphetamines & cocaine. Over the course of 70+ years, the government has used the war on some drugs as justification for the formation of a heavily militarized police state, with ever decreasing rights, freedoms & liberties for the citizens under their control.

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