Mexico has dissolved a particular unit skilled by U.S. authorities to struggle drug cartels as a result of it was infiltrated by criminals, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated Thursday. Some members of the group have been detained over the allegations, Lopez Obrador advised reporters.
The police unit, which obtained coaching from america Drug Enforcement Administration, was disbanded greater than a yr in the past, however the resolution was not introduced on the time.
“There’s nonetheless cooperation (with US authorities) however that group that was supposedly of a really excessive strategic degree was infiltrated (by organized crime) and its leaders are being investigated,” Lopez Obrador advised reporters.
The unit, whose closure was first reported by the Reuters information company, was created in 1997 and labored on circumstances such because the seize of infamous drug kingpin
In December 2020, Mexico introduced steps to limit the actions of international businesses just like the DEA, following a dispute over the arrest of a former protection minister in Los Angeles for drug trafficking.
Lopez Obrador expressed irritation that he had not been knowledgeable concerning the investigation into retired common, who was ultimately despatched again to Mexico, the place he was exonerated by prosecutors.
In October, america and Mexico agreed to overtake their struggle in opposition to drug trafficking to deal with the basis causes and step up efforts to curb cross-border arms smuggling.
After the preliminary Reuters report concerning the closure of the counter-narcotics unit, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the highest Republican on the Home Committee on Overseas Affairs, tweeted: “Mexico’s continued undermining of safety cooperation is deeply unsettling. Each nations profit from tackling the narcotics commerce.”
Throughout the nation, greater than 340,000 folks have been killedfor the reason that authorities deployed the military to struggle drug cartels in 2006.
Mexico’s north-central state of Zacatecas has been the scene of bloody turf battles between the Jalisco and Sinaloa drug cartels. The Division of Justice considers the Jalisco cartel to be “one of many 5 most harmful transnational felony organizations on this planet.”
Final month, Lopez Obrador accused widespread tv exhibits of glamorizing the violent drug commerce. He criticized TV sequence on platforms similar to Netflix, saying they offered a rose-colored model of the existence of drug traffickers.
The exhibits function “gangs of drug traffickers, with actors, males, stunning girls, property, the most recent automobiles, jewellery, designer garments, energy,” he advised reporters.
However they ignore “the destruction particularly of younger folks. And we’re speaking about 1000’s of deaths. In america, it is a significant issue,” he added, referring to victims of drug overdoses.
He has requested the U.S. to spend money on regional financial growth as an alternative of sending helicopter gunships and different weapons to tackle drug traffickers.