Critics Accuse Mexican Government of Playing Cartel Favorites
Is it possible that the Mexican president actually favors one cartel over another? Some of his critics believe this may be going on, as reported in the Al Jazeera News.
Critics have pointed fingers, claiming Felipe Calderon may be favoring the Sinaloa cartel, one of the country’s most powerful drug-trafficking organizations. These accusations have been greatly driven by his administration’s failure to produce little results in a war that has cost more than 15,000 lives.
Rumors about a corrupt government protecting cartels are really nothing new, but now lead investigators are claiming to have solid evidence that authorities are only going after other cartels and not Sinaloa.
Diego Osorno, an investigative journalist and author of a book on the Sinaloa cartel, was quoted in the report, saying there are no important detentions of the members of this cartel. While the government is hunting down its adversaries and new players in the world of drug trafficking, Sinaloa leaders remain largely untouched.
While the government has recently announced the arrest of two members of the Sinaloa cartel, experts claim the men arrested were not actual senior cartel leaders.
Edgardo Buscaglia is a law professor in Mexico and an international organized crime expert. "Law enforcement shows you objectively that the federal government has been hitting the weakest organized crime groups in Mexico. The Familia Michoacana, mainly, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez," he told Al Jazeera.
"But they have not been hitting the main organized crime group, the Sinaloa Federation, that is responsible for 45 per cent of the drug trade in this country."
The Sinaloa cartel is run by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. One of the most wanted criminals in the world. Guzman was arrested in the 1990s and transferred to a maximum security prison in Mexico. He escaped in 2001 and has been amassing a fortune in the drug trade ever since.