Mexico Faces Paradox
A New York Times article on Sunday outlined a crucial paradox for Mexico in their wars against drug cartels. Mainly, the people they need to rely on to stop the cartels, such as police and other law officers, have often been the very people that have allowed the drug cartels to flourish.
The cartels, which according to the reports bring in billions more dollars than the Mexican government, uses thier profits to buy off countless officers in customs, courtrooms, and most notably, police officers.
The corruption in police forces have caused entire cities to disband police and start completely from scratch, according to the report.
Notable corrupt officers according to the report are the country's top prosecutor, the director of Interpol, and even a person inside the U.S. Embassy.
In related news, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday the United States is warning truckers and businesses operating near or on the U.S./Mexico border to heighten security standards in light of the recent violence over the drug cartels.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned truckers they could be exposed to the violence.
According to the Journal, the barron's wars over turf have extended across the border into states such as Arizona.