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Los Pepes (from Spanish: Perseguidos por Pablo Escobar, "people persecuted by Pablo Escobar"), was a short-lived vigilante group composed of various enemies of narcotics kingpin Pablo Escobar.
Los Pepes waged a bloody war against Escobar and his associates in the early 1990s.
Other documents uncovered to date indicate that the CIA was a principle source of information related to Los Pepes and to its members’ ties to the Search Bloc. A cable sent by the US Ambassador to Colombia, Morris Busby in August of 1993 detailed a series of meetings with senior Colombian officials about Los Pepes. The cable indicates that according to CIA sources, CNP director General Miguel Antonio Gomez Padilla said “that he had directed a senior CNP intelligence officer to maintain contact with Fidel Castaño, paramilitary leader of Los Pepes, for the purposes of intelligence collection.”
First go after their money...
The deferred prosecution agreement announced in Miami, which included a $50 million fine to be paid to the U.S. Treasury, was the largest penalty ever imposed for a violation of the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Jeffrey H. Sloman told reporters.
Sloman said a "systematic" failure by Wachovia, now a unit of Wells Fargo & Co, to maintain effective anti-money laundering (AML) controls had led to more than $400 billion in unmonitored funds being channeled to accounts at the bank between 2004 and 2007 by currency exchange houses in Mexico, mostly through wire transfers
We choose not to because the system and the criminals that make their illicit and illegal profits control law enforcement, judges and even our legislators. With such a severe level of corruption, is it no wonder that the Drug Cartels have gained so much power over their drug business? Isn't this what American corporations do to all of America with their structured monopolies and control over profits at all costs?
As a result, the amount of drug dollars flowing into local police budgets is staggering. Justice Department figures show that in the past four years alone, the amount of assets seized by local law enforcement agencies across the nation enrolled in the federal program—the vast majority of it cash—has tripled, from $567 million to $1.6 billion. And that d'esn't include tens of millions more the agencies got from state asset forfeiture programs.
In Texas, with its smuggling corridors to Mexico, public safety agencies seized more than $125 million last year.
Originally posted by jam321
reply to post by Janky Red
First as well.
The problem I have understanding is this:
Why aren't the people turning against the cartels? We have the same problems in the US where there is a gang that is threatening the area. Instead of standing up to them, they hide or remain silent.
I understand that the cartels/gangs are armed, but IMO the people know the individuals who are a part that make up the gang. Furthermore, there are more than one way to skin a cat. These guys have got to sleep at some time.
I have yet to find a solid source on what the cartel manpower is. I doubt if it is higher than 100,000.
Originally posted by jam321
The Cartel War has similar patterns to the war on terrorism. No matter how many bad guys we get, there always seem to be a replacement waiting in line.
IMO, a military campaign cannot defeat the cartels. Napolitano has already admitted that our troops are doing limited work in Mexico. At what point will more of our troops be dragged into this war? and at what cost?
Mexico and the US need a new strategy.
Please keep the thread to strategies.
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Originally posted by Zosynspiracy
COME ON PEOPLE! Why the hell have Americans lost so much common sense! KISS! Keep it simple stupid! You want to crack the drug cartels you SEAL THE DAMN BORDER! Put the military on it, double the number of border patrol agents and build some fences. This is a complete and utter joke. Mexican drug cartels threatening the lives of Americans and our sovereignty? What the hell happen to our balls? Or can we not find them because 60% of our country is fat? Give me an effing break! It doesn't matter if the US demand for drugs is insane......pooh hoo! if the drugs can't get through you break the back of these cartles PERIOD!
The reason the US government doesn't want to seal the border and beef up security is because they operate at the behest of corporate America and the hispanic politicians who have a very influential impact on our country. Wake up people! Hispanics will be the majority in America! Is it no surprise they don't want to seal the border? It's not just about drugs.......all you people clamoring for legalizing drugs or the US government is involved in drug trafficking are missing the point. It's as much political correctness as it is some sort of conspiracy.