A broken Mexico: Allegations of collusion between the Sinaloa cartel and Mexican political parties

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Abstract

The Mexican drug war, in full swing since December 2006, has now claimed more than 40,000 lives. Dozens of high-level cartel operatives have been captured or killed, yet the leadership of one cartel, from Sinaloa in northwestern Mexico, has remained apparently untouched. The apparent lack of a crackdown on the Sinaloa Cartel has spurred criticisms of the Calderon administration, as well as US authorities aiding in the drug fight -- some critics contend that the Sinaloa Cartel has enjoyed protection from the authorities. The Sinaloa Cartel's history of protection and collusion by authorities goes back a long way -- during the reign of the PRI from 1929 to 2000, Sinaloa's drug traffickers were allowed to operate with near-total impunity. But mounting evidence -- captures and deaths of high-level operatives from Sinaloa as well as arrests of relatives of the leadership -- suggests that the claims of collusion against the current Mexican administration are false. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

Author-supplied keywords

  • 'El Chapo' Guzmán
  • Calderón
  • Mexico
  • PAN
  • PRI
  • Sinaloa Cartel
  • corruption
  • criminalization

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  • Malcolm Beith

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