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.

Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

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

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