Mexico president justifies release of kingpin targeted by US


Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday defended the 2013 ruling that freed one of the drug lords most wanted by U.S. authorities, even though Mexico’s Supreme Court later ruled it was a mistake.

Rafael Caro Quintero walked free while serving a 40-year sentence for the torture-murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, and has since apparently resumed his role as violent drug trafficker.


American Community In Mexico Disappointed By American Drug Policies

Huffington Post, 8/28/2012

American retirees and tourists had historically flooded into the lakeside communities of Chapala and Ajijic, which boast affordable housing and excellent medical services, as well as perpetual spring temperatures, but locals say that flow has begun to slow.

Sid Grosvenor, a real estate agent who runs the Chapala Club community website, compares the current explosion of crime in Mexico to the growth of gangs during Prohibition. Rather than seeing the cartel problem as endemic, Grosvenor laments Mexico’s geographic misfortune in sharing a border with “the largest drug consuming country in the world.”

“U.S. drug policy is a direct cause of the violence in Mexico,” says Smith. “It is irritating that most Americans think that corruption and bribery are only on the south side of the border.”

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Op-ed: An End to the War on Drugs?

The New York Review, Alma Guillermoprieto

As a normally pro-forma gathering of hemispheric leaders gets under way in Cartagena, Colombia, this weekend, Latin America could instead be approaching its declaration of independence from the United States. For the first time, the region might come out against a US policy.

The change in what seemed to be an immovable subservience has come gradually, but the immediate cause is drugs, and the surprising agent is Otto Pérez Molina, retired general, former intelligence chief, graduate of the Pentagon’s School of Americas, and now the new president of Guatemala.

Pérez Molina is no stranger to the War on Drugs. He campaigned for president promising to bring out the country’s dreaded Kaibil Army special forces against the drug trade; Guatemalan voters, judging crime and insecurity to be their greatest concern, elected him in November. But less than a month after taking office in January, Perez Molina asked his Central American colleagues to consider a unilateral cease fire and ways to legalize drugs.

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Op-Ed: Obama punts on marijuana policy

Grant Smith, Drug Policy Alliance, Los Angeles Times, 4/7/2009

I suppose President Obama deserves some credit for addressing national marijuana policy during his recent online town hall. But instead of seriously answering the thousands of questions submitted by Americans on overhauling our failed drug laws, he joked about the issue. In doing so, Obama passed on an unparalleled opportunity to offer food for thought on how the White House might be willing to rethink our disastrous marijuana policy. “I don’t know what this says about the online audience,” Obama joked. “This was a fairly popular question; we want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is no, I don’t think that’s a good strategy to grow our economy.”

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