January 11, 2010

The banners are placed by rival drug mobs. But they hint at a paradox. The Sinaloa organisation (named after a north-western state) is responsible for around 45% of the drug trade in Mexico, reckons Edgardo Buscaglia, a lawyer and economist at ITAM, a Mexico City university. But using statistics from the security forces, he calculates that only 941 of the 53,174 people arrested for organised crime in the past six years were associated with Sinaloa.

The Economist.

Finally, this is a news story.

You can’t wipe out the drug trade in Mexico; economically, politically, and physically it’s not possible. So you quietly sanction the strongest one. They help you get rid of their smaller competitors through intelligence. Violence stops. Politically it looks like you’re winning a war.

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