Yes! Mexico is a narco-state: experts

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The country is seen with a negative record and as an example are the cases of the former prosecutor of Nayarit and García Luna linked to drug trafficking

After a court in the United States determined that Genaro García Luna, former head of the Ministry of Public Security (SSP), is guilty of five charges against him in that country, security experts and internationalists considered that this is evidence that in Mexico there is a narco-state.

Mexico has a negative record and exemplify the case of the former attorney general of Nayarit Édgar Veytia, alias El Diablo, and García Luna, officials who were sentenced in the US for being linked to drug trafficking.

Yuriria Rodríguez Castro, a specialist in the prevention of transnational terrorism in Mexico, points out that “the country is a narco-state because it has lost the legitimate use of force and justice tools, and everything that happens has to do with drug trafficking.”

She points out that the case against the former SSP official is the demonstration that justice in Mexico is only reached through the laws of other countries, as well as in judicial processes, which is serious.

“It is a wake-up call not only for the previous governments of Mexico, but also for the present management that, in some way, had offered to be able to judge these characters and has done absolutely nothing,” says the doctor in Criminal Sciences and Criminal Policy.

Juan Manuel Aguilar Antonio, internationalist, and member of the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE), agrees that the country is a narco-state and reflects an image of corruption.

“The collusion of the corruption in high-level instances of the federal government is related to organized crime, as the case of García Luna, so, if we talk about a State that is corrupt, one could even think that it reaches the level of the former president Felipe Calderón and remains a narco-state, because precisely the theory of the resolution linked to the verdict of the jury of the 12 people is that García Luna operated for the two factions of the Sinaloa Cartel. The affectation is very strong in the sphere of the weakness of the State”, he underlines.

Lilian Chapa Koloffon, senior researcher at the World Justice Project (WJP), assures that García Luna’s periods were marked with this sentence as a corrupt State and drug trafficking works to the extent that the State allows it.

The internationalist Arlene Ramírez Uresti assured that the United States has a reading of Mexico as a State in which transnational organized crime has proliferated.

“This resolution not only damages the image of Mexico, but also calls into question the efficiency of the cooperation mechanisms of the United States to combat this type of activity,” she remarks.

She points out that all of this puts on the table for debate how easy it is for a person in public office in the Mexican government to be able not only to evade, but rather to continue in impunity some time later, when it is assumed that there are filters and controls in the United States.

“Obviously within the framework of a failed State, we could assume that Mexico is a narco-state when there is not only the opportunity for operation, but rather the open link to put up candidates and have an open letter for the operation, it is a narco-state that has already evolved into a failed state,” she says.

Alejandro Hope, a security analyst, explains that a narco-state has specific characteristics and almost calls for an invasion: “The United States government made it clear that foreign policy is set by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and that the image of Mexico is left as a country that is corrupt and that is painted by a deeply corrupt agency.

“DEA representative Nicholas Palmeri was just fired for renting a house and meeting with drug lawyers,” he said.

Source: El Universal