Corruption Continues Among Mexican Police
This constant war on drugs in Mexico is set to take a dangerous turn as the cartel has uncovered police documents with agents’ names and contact numbers, as well as apparent references to shared U.S. intelligence data.
According to a report from the Associated Press, this collection of documents was found in the car of an associate of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, during a May 2009 bust.
Reports claim the papers appeared to be internal documents from Mexico’s federal Public Safety Department. Contents also reportedly included the names and postings of federal police officials. Annotations on the notes – apparently made by traffickers – describe investigations said to have originated from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
This latest revelation raised questions as to whether or not Mexican law enforcement has cleaned up its act, or simply improved its ability to hide corruption. Less than two years ago, Operation Clean House exposed key officials who had collaborated with a drug cartel.
"Operation Clean House was a warning that something wasn't working, and this confirms that it still isn't working," said Jorge Chabat, a Mexican expert on drug cartels, in the AP report.
The documents provided key information to traffickers as to which police officials were posted to certain trafficking routes and would have allowed the cartel members to contact or threaten the agents.
One note made in a pay book in what looks to be code mentions soldiers and police who purportedly for payments for their services to the cartel. One note is listed with the letters “PFP”, which is an apparent reference to federal police.
Samuel Gonzalez, who once served as the country's top anti-drug prosecutor, noted that what he clearly sees is that the process of infiltration continues among Mexican police.