Drug corruption is on both sides of the border


President Calderon of Mexico.

“There is trafficking in Mexico because there is corruption in Mexico”

“But by the same argument if there is trafficking in the United States it is because there is some corruption in the United States… It is impossible to pass tonnes of cocaine to the United States without the complicity of some American authorities.”

Ninety per cent of the guns used in the current wave of drug violence came from the US, he said, and he pointed out that there were 11,000 gun stores in towns and cities close to the Mexican border.

To move that much drugs, money, and guns both ways across a heavily fortified border requires institutionalized corruption. This isn’t a few rogue border patrol agents and sheriffs, but probably more like entire border towns in the US that have been corrupted; banks, police, gun shops and dealers, the entire political apparatus. But that’s hardly the end point as the money, drugs, and corruption then spreads across the US.

So, lots of folks have a vested interest in keeping drugs illegal.