The discovery was like a movie scene in a film about a war between drug warlords. It wasn’t a movie, it was reality.
Uruapan, Mexico, has been the scene of more than its share of violence related to the Mexican drug cartels. But a grisly scene was discovered over the weekend in a plaza that left law enforcement troubled. 7 men were sitting in white plastic chairs. All of them had apparently been killed by gunshot wound. The local press said some had messages written on cardboard pinned to their chests with ice picks.
Uruapan, a city of a quarter million people in the western state of Michoacan, made headlines in 2006 when members of a drug cartel, La Familia Michoacana, hurled five decapitated heads of rival gang members onto a dance floor there.
The Human Rights Watch reports that more than 60,000 people were killed in Mexico between 2006 and 2012 related to drug violence.
On March 4th a 13 year old boy, who had previously confessed to being an assassin for a drug cartel in the Mexican state of Zacatecas, was discovered with 6 other people who were killed “execution style”.
He had been arrested three weeks prior to his death. “After being detained, he confessed to authorities that he had participated in at least 10 homicides and that he was somebody who was good at shooting with a high-caliber weapon,” Nahle Garcia said.
After he was arrested in February, Federal Police released the boy into the custody of the Mexican Attorney General’s Office, which later set him free in compliance with the law. The Mexican constitution prohibits the incarceration of anybody under the age of 14. The constitutional ban also applies to correctional facilities.
In late February, Mexico’s Interior Ministry announce that 26,000 people were missing in the last 6 years in Mexico. The 26,121 disappearances occurred during former President Felipe Calderon’s six-year administration, which ended on December 1 when Enrique Pena Nieto assumed the presidency.
Nieto has organized a group to find the missing and says that this is a “priority for his administration”.
“President Pena Nieto has inherited one of worst crises of disappearances in the history of Latin America,” Jose Miguel Vivanco, the organization’s Americas director, said in a statement.
In the northern Mexican state of Coahuila alone, officials reported nearly 2,000 disappearances between 2006 and 2012, Human Rights Watch said.
Some United States cities have become recipients of the Mexican cartels’ drug wars.
Chicago’s Little Village is home to some 500,000 residents of Mexican descent. It has long been known for colorful ethnic celebrations such as “Cinco de Mayo”, and the “Mexican Independence Day” parade. But police reveal a sordid side to Little Village. They say it is also home to a branch of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel.
Members of Mexico’s most powerful cartel are selling a record amount of heroin and methamphetamine from Little Village, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. From there, the drugs are moving onto the streets of south and west Chicago, where they are sold in assembly-line fashion in mostly African American neighborhoods.
While Congress is rightfully considering comprehensive immigration, securing our borders must be a large part of the discussion. Drugs, money, rape, and murder travel with each other and are brought to us by the Mexican cartels.
It’s not just Chicago. Increasingly, as drug cartels have amassed more control and influence in Mexico, they have extended their reach deeper into the United States, establishing inroads across the Midwest and Southeast, according to American counternarcotics officials.
They have devised extensive and complicated distribution systems, allowing them to sell their product over much of the country.
The United States has given surveillance equipment, communications equipment and other assistance under a 1.9 billion dollar aid package. That money might possibly be better used on this side of the border in the control of U.S. law enforcement.
Columnist-The Guardian Express