Mexico dissolves its FBI and moves to legalize drugs

July 31, 2012

By Chriss Street

In a stunning development, President-elect Enrique Pena and his Institutional Revolutionary Party, who won control of Mexico’s government on July 1, moved to dissolve the Agencia Federal de Investigación.  Modeled after the United States’ FBI, the AFI was founded in 2001 to crack down on Mexico’s pervasive government corruption and drug trafficking.

With rival drug cartels murdering between 47,500 to 67,000 Mexicans over the last six years, the move by the PRI represents the total surrender of Mexico’s sovereignty back to the money and violence of Mexico’s two main drug cartels, the Sinaloa Federation and Los Zetas.  Coupled with the Obama Administration’s “Dreamer” Executive Order curtailing deportations of illegal aliens, a hands-off policy on both sides of the border foreshadows a huge increase in “narco-trafficking” violence and corruption flooding into the United States.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party ruled Mexico with an iron fist for 71 years between 1929 and 2000.  Although the PRI claimed they were the socialist peasants’ party, they operated as a corrupt political organization that siphoned off wealth from Mexico’s nationalized oil industry with extracted bribes for protecting the drug cartels that trafficked in marijuana and narcotics distribution into the United States.  As a glaring example of the level of official PRI corruption, in 1982 the oil workers’ union donated a $2 million house as a “gift” to President López Portillo.  Mexicans often joke: “Our Presidents are elected as millionaires, but they leave office as billionaires.”

Mexico’s FBI

But on December 1, 2000, Vicente Fox, the former Chief Executive of Coca-Cola in Mexico and founder of the Partido Acción Nacional, was elected president of Mexico.  Fox ran on a platform of reforming Mexico’s pervasive police corruption and his first move as President was to form the AFI.  Under the leadership of Fox and his party’s successor, President Felipe Calderón, the AFI grew over the next 11 years into a 5,000-member force with an international reputation as a premier drug enforcement agency.  The U.S. provided extensive equipment and training to the AFI.  The AFI reciprocated by capturing numerous drug kingpins and extraditing them to face criminal prosecution for murder and drug distribution in the United States.

Over the first six months of 2012, the Sinaloa Federation and Los Zetas carried out a vicious war across Mexico to expand their areas of operations and intimidate the local population.  Both cartels engaged in “information operations campaigns” by displaying large numbers of dismembered bodies in public places.  The shock value of body dumps was designed to broadcast that the cartels are the dominant authority in Mexico.


The AFI under the Calderón retaliated against the major drug cartel kingpins’ horrific bloodshed by partnering with the United States and Guatemala to capture Horst Walther Overdick in Guatemala, followed by the capture of Francisco Trevino and Carlos Alejandro “El Fabiruchis” Gutierrez Escobedo and the killing of Gerardo “El Guerra” Guerra Valdez in Mexico, along with the capture of Jose Trevino in the United States.

Two days after the election, Pena came to the U.S. to announce that he would “welcome debate on the issue of drug legalization and regulation in Mexico.”  In an interview by PBS News Hour, Pena clearly stated:

 “I’m in favor of opening a new debate in the strategy in the way we fight drug trafficking.  It is quite clear that, after several years of this fight against drug trafficking, we have more drug consumption, drug use and drug trafficking. That means we are not moving in the right direction. Things are not working.”

These are “code words” to signal the PRI intends to cut a profitable deal with the cartels to legalize drugs in exchange for collecting tax revenue on drug sales.  The month before, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., had called a congressional hearing to accuse Pena of advocating “a reversion” back to the old PRI policies of “turning a blind eye to the cartels” as long as they weren’t perpetrating grisly violence.

Pena’s announcement of the PRI’s new cozy relationship with the drug cartels directly followed President Obama’s announcement of his “Dreamer” Executive Order curtailing deportations of “undocumented” aliens.  These actions have caused major alarm among rank-and-file border agents that the Sinaloa Federation and Los Zetas are now unrestrained to flood into the United States with drugs and violence.  In a joint union press conference by the customs agents and the border patrol unions, Chris Crane, president of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, warned:

“It‘s impossible to understand the full scope of the administration’s changes, but what we are seeing so far concerns us greatly.… There is no burden for the alien to prove anything.”


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  1. Ted Steele, Janitor
    Ted Steele, Janitor 31 July, 2012, 09:36

    Sounds idiotic— about like Jim Gray and the supporters of legalizing narcotics here.

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  2. John G.
    John G. 31 July, 2012, 10:13

    Sounds reasonable to me. Legalize the activity to meet market demand, and the payoffs to police and politicians disappear.

    D.C. should follow suit.

    It is the Libertarian approach (Ron Paul), and makes great sense to me.

    Sure, drugs are dangerous, and I and my kids stay far away from them. But, there are lots of legal dangers — excessive Happy Meals and Krispy Kreme doughnuts, along with Rice Rocket motorcycles — that we allow adults to partake of, and that we hope parents will keep their children away from.

    Policing and regulation serve no one but cartels and corrupt cops, regulators, and politicians.

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  3. Leo Briones
    Leo Briones 31 July, 2012, 10:26

    The real issue in all of the PRI vs the decent people in Mexico is rule of law. The PRI was simply a 70-year perpetuation of the patron- cacique system instituted across colonial Mexico. It was a way of controlling indigenous population by using heavy handed tactics that had negative social and political consequences for those dared protest that system. The PRI originally was a socially progressive party founded by Lazaro Cardenas. He formed the PRI as a reintegration into Mexico of the socially forward thinking as its main focus was investment on infrastructure which in turn created jobs. That changed in the 70’s under Echevaria who caved to Mexico’s bankers and began paying for social spending by accumulating debt (remind you of anyone George W. Bush). That led to a series of devaluations of the Mexican peso and virtually wiped out the middle class in the 80’s (remind you of anyone Ronald Reagan.) At the same time the PRI had cut deals with drug cartels to allow them to exist in return for various favors to PRI officials (mostly monetary bribes.) The Mexican people finally grew tired of the PRI and their corruption. and elected Fox. Fox’s administration and more so Calderon’s administration made clear attempts to improve rule of law in Mexico. These attempts were embraced by the middle class and young people (50% of Mexico’s pop. is under 27.) Still, many people grew weary of the violence that taking on the cartels caused. In response, many Mexican made the fatalistic assumption that better the old corrupt ways than the new unstable cycle of violence. This split is profoundly generational. Every weekend since the election there have been protest against the Pena Nieto and the PRI. Now that Pena-Nieto is clearly caving to his PRI overlords (read Carlos Salinas De Gotari) and cutting a deal with the narcos the future for Mexico is sure to bring another more fundamental type of social unrest than the war against the traffickers and that is—young people will continue protest against Pena-Nietos changes with an enthusiasm that could lead to revolutionary fervor. None of this is good news for Mexico not the United States. As the poet Octavio Paz once mused “pobre Mexico sin Dios, sin esperanza!”

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  4. Ted Steele, Janitor
    Ted Steele, Janitor 31 July, 2012, 10:48

    LOL— You honestly think that the multi million dollar cartels will just stop the mordida and just be legal? LOL wow–Don’t think the cartels will find an unlawful activity re drugs???-

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  5. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 31 July, 2012, 11:56

    Now Teddy STeals is an international drug expert…LOL Teddy, is there anything you are not an “expert” on 😉

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  6. us citizen
    us citizen 31 July, 2012, 12:17

    Are you freaking kidding me? You honestly think legalizing drugs is good. Perhaps that crazed out driver that kills your family will make you rethink this, because his access was now so easy. And you cant possibly believe that this will cut down on crime and make it so “taxes” are paid. Are you nuts? Thats like expecting the illegals to get car insurance because its better for them, when they can drive around without it.

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  7. Martha Montelongo
    Martha Montelongo 31 July, 2012, 16:45

    Portugal has had decriminalization of drugs for over 10 years now. The use among youth is significantly down. The use over all is down. It went up initially but the country could not afford it’s militarized war against drugs. They still go after the big dealers, but people are treated if they want to be treated, and they get better.

    In case you’re open to considering the possibility that there is a better way:

    By the way, us citizen, the massacre in Columbine was committed by young people on legal prescription drugs. I expect we will learn Holmes was on Rx meds too.

    The war on drugs in both the US and Mexico kills a hell of a lot more people than overdoses by users. Not that I’m advocating overdoses. You expose kids to dealers who market to them, and recruit them, starting as lookouts and graduating to other dangerous roles. Kids who might stop at trying pot are pushed to try other drugs by their black market dealers.

    I’m just saying why do we continue to take a blow torch and an axe to a rat-infestation? Sure you kill some rats, and anyone else in proximity. That’s brilliant. You also destroy a lot of other people and lives and property.

    Drugs were legal in the 1800s, and early part of the 1900s. The idea of a war on drugs sure has paid off well for Law enforcement, and the manufacturers of drug testing, prison guards, wire tapping and other ingenious devices that haven’t put a dent in usage of marijuana. Coke use is down and out of favor and the new drugs of choice are meth.

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  8. Martha Montelongo
    Martha Montelongo 31 July, 2012, 21:10

    Hey Chris, here’s a great idea to take the wind out the sails of the two cartels in Mexico. Since 60 percent of their profit comes from pot, legalize it. Narco trafficking over! Game over.

    For those who fear the reefer, when ever you want to make a joke about those people who smoke funny ciggs, substitute “who drink that funny grape juice” or “who drink those funny hopps.” They’re all the same… You can get too high on any of them, or just be socially spirited.

    Let’s end Prohibition and stop criminalizing the folks who just want to relax, after a hard day’s work, and prefer the herb to the grape or the the barley–and all those calories.

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  9. Bill - San Jose, CA
    Bill - San Jose, CA 31 July, 2012, 21:35

    This will lead to alot more dead Mexicans unfortunately but it also gives us something good and something we all want and need … a real border protection plan involving our own military.

    Let’s do this. =D

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  10. Hondo
    Hondo 1 August, 2012, 10:07

    I consider the drugs being smuggled into the USA to be chemical arms shot at our nations kids. We should at least secure our border. Those are good govt. jobs. Homeland security does everything but secure our border.
    Mexico is now officially a narco state. The cartels have won and it is our fault. Americas. Our demand for drugs and the failure to secure our border is the main problem.
    When Obama saw the massive slaughter of people by the drug cartels in Mexico his solution was to smuggle AK47’s to the cartels via Fast and Furious. Why won’t he release the documents? Because he knew.
    The cartels are smuggling anybody into america who pays the coyote fees, including many middle eastern folks of suspect nature.
    The first 911 we didn’t see coming. This one will not be a surprise.

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  11. Ted Steele, Janitor
    Ted Steele, Janitor 1 August, 2012, 12:47

    Hondo— People (kids) take these drugs because they have HUGE holes in their emotional lives. That has nothing to do with the President, the Mexicans or anything other than — YOU—–the parents—— OUR culture has raised a nation of drug WANTERS. Look inside amigo.

    Dr. Ted

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  12. Kyle
    Kyle 2 August, 2012, 10:51

    I am confused by the tone of this article.

    Is it meant to imply that somehow legalization will act as a payoff to the cartels and increase violence?

    Cartels reap higher–not lower–profits based on their ability to use violence and political favors to exclude competitors, and their ability to cash in on the willingness of some individuals to risk jail time and/or physical injury.

    While the fact that cartels are currently established players in the market may give them an early entrant advantage if the market for drugs was to be decriminalized, they would completely lose the advantage they currently enjoy based on who has the biggest guns, the least fear of dying or the least conscience.

    If legalization would precipitate more–not less–violence, than it would follow that Wal-Mart or Safeway should be even more violent than the trade in illegal items. This is obviously not the case.

    It is not in the cartels’ financial interest to see drugs legalized. It will break their monopoly. Prices will plummet. They rate of return on drug sale and manufacture will gravitate toward the average rate of return in other occupations. It cannot be construed as a payoff. And even if by expanding market share and providing the product most effectively, existing cartels could reap greater profits, they would begin to behave like normal businesses that can settle disputes in courts of law rather than being forced to settle them in the streets with guns like the wild wild west.

    As far as people driving under the influence, this is at least a logically
    valid point. However it makes no sense unless one also advocates making alcohol illegal. If the argument applies to prohibition of one mind altering substance based on public safety concerns than it is completely inconsistent to omit alcohol from he equation.

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    • Jack B
      Jack B 1 February, 2018, 12:41

      The amount the U.S. Govt taxes drugs would most likely be slightly lower than drug cartels, so they can displace existing cartels using our police and military to enforce compliance. (sound familiar ?)

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  13. Glenfin
    Glenfin 3 August, 2012, 11:22

    While legalizing drugs, I think Mexico should also give every citizen above 18 years of age a gun. That way the bad guys will think twice before shooting at people. Maybe, just maybe the average guy will have a fighting chance against all the madness……. Just sayin’

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  14. Jack B
    Jack B 1 February, 2018, 12:37

    Legalizing drugs would work if governments did not try to profit more than drug dealers by taxing it. Alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine. The government profiteering by taking care of the needs of their citizens. Oh yeh, I almost forgot gambling. All things they considered bad until they profited from taxing them.

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