A Response to SiG – on Mexican Drug Organizations
The Federal Republic of Mexico
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), party leader of the National Regeneration Movement (Mexican Communist Party) is in the fourth year of his six-year term as president and Mexican chief executive. When he assumed office, he removed counter-narcotics activities from the Mexican Army (SEDENA) and Navy (SEMAR). In essence, removing government opposition from drug organizations in Mexico unless there was some particular interest and that would be handled by Gobernacion (The Department of the Interior) and. Fiscalía General de la República, FGR; prior to 2019, it was Procuraduría General de la República, PGR). There was a lot of renaming and reorganization under AMLO.
The Centro Nacional de Inteligencia or CNI, is a Mexican intelligence agency controlled by the Secretariat of Security and Civilian Protection. Before that organization, CISEN managed that function. There has been a reshuffling of people as well. Depending on who you speak with there will be different spins. My sense of the changes was that the skim that was arriving during previous organizations had to be re-directed to AMLO and the communists, and that’s why the shake-ups and re-naming.
Context and Precedence: Many years ago (before Amado Carillo) the flow of narcotics through Mexico was managed by the Mexican Army, which oversaw and regulated the business. Each of the 32 states in Mexico had a general and they worked with other generals to find common ground.
Today if want to traffic narcotics from Mexico to the US and start your own drug business, it’s not that difficult. You’d simply need to buy a narcotics product (pick your poison) and connect with somebody who sends narcotics north. Your quantity (say 1 kilogram of cocaine) would be bundled with their quantity which may include other people such as yourself. You would pay the transporter 10% of the value of your product as insurance and they would deliver it to you in the US – say California. They may move it through trucks, through tunnels, on airplanes, or by mules that body-carry it across, but you’d get your kg.
You need a distribution network in the US to sell it at retail and you need a separate network to bring the money south. Normally this becomes a family concern, or possibly two families. One to transport north and distribute and another family to bring money back to Mexico so you can send 2 kg north the next time.
In essence, that is how the drug business works. Tens of thousands of people participate in doing just this. Drugs and money can be intercepted or stolen and so long as the profit exceeds the loss, you’re a successful drug trafficker. The 10% ensures the load as far as the US, then it’s all up to you.
The larger traffickers (maybe people who insured your load) have an interest in selling at a fixed price. If you decide not to sell at the price laid out, you will have a problem. There are also regional taxes levied by organizations. For example, Guadalajara. The Guadalajara Organization spends many millions of dollars a year to buy police support. If they find out that you are sending drugs to the US without paying your fair share (mordida), you’ll have a problem. The police who protect those paying them off will target you. When you pay the tax to the Guadalajara Organization (sometimes there is more than one in Guad), they protect your interests. That is what it is to be a “member of a cartel”. You’re still your own person with your own drug business, but you contribute to the squeeze that is required by all levels of AMLO’s government.
Mexican Drug Cartels are not organized like the Japanese Yakuza. The heads of the organizations come and go. Cartels are organized, reorganized, and folded into other organizations, rising and falling constantly and people are paid a lot of money to develop charts that are generally useless to explain it.
The rule of thumb at the US Ports of Entry was that 1:3 US Agents were on the take from one or another criminal organization. I haven’t called Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to see if that projection changed but my sense of things is that’s still about the prevailing ratio. Let’s say that SiG has a CBP Agent under control and that this agent can pass car-loads of drugs or aliens through a port of entry. SiG will likely rent out that agent to one or more groups that have an interest in moving contraband into the US. They will pay SiG an amount and SiG will pay the agent and likely the controlling organization at the border town a percentage. In Tijuana, it would be Cartel Tijuana Nueva Generación (was Arellano-Felix Cartel). Enedina Arellano Félix is allied with the Guadalajara Cartel at the moment.
When I worked for USGOV in Mexico, the FBI was on the take from drug cartels. They provided women and money in exchange for services that the FBI would provide both in Mexico and abroad. The Special Agents who rotated back to the US did so as multi-millionaires. That may not be the case today. I don’t know. DEA was less corrupt though they had problems of their own. If an FBI Special Agent could facilitate an amparo, he could ask for many millions of dollars. An extradition proceeding would be held up. An amparo is an extraordinary constitutional appeal, which may be filed in federal court, by Mexicans, and by foreigners. It is often referred to as a “constitutional protection lawsuit,” which is basically governed by articles 103 and 107 of the Federal Constitution.
In Mexico and in the USA today very much of what happens at higher levels involves a pay-to-play program.
The specifics and amounts when it comes to corruption vary. Reflecting on the experience that Tony Bobulinski had with the Biden Crime Family is instructive in payoffs and ripoffs. There was no Mexican involvement present but the patterns are familiar.
SiG’s question – So when I see situations like the wholesale drug movement across the border, or the human trafficking going on, I figure someone on our side is getting paid but I never hear anyone talk about that. I figure they’ve got to be pretty high up.
The policy of allowing wholesale and unrestricted immigration without regard to the constituted law that prohibits it is part of a democrat strategy to get democrat voters into the system through offering welfare and benefits (bribes). Republicans blaggard the process but big R donors benefit from low-wage servile workers. It’s not so much of a payoff/bribe situation as it is a policy with a long-term political goal – not unlike LB Johnson’s great society. Higher-value illegal aliens are still smuggled through tunnels by drug cartels. That these illegal aliens bring drugs across the border is of no concern to the current regime in power in the US. It’s still illegal to traffic drugs and people are arrested all of the time. Court dockets are full.
The Executive Branch issues orders that are carried out. Agents who object are replaced by those who don’t. The FBI supports the wishes of Pedo Joe and his legion of crooks.
Does that make any sense?
Moving on, there is more to the story.
US Foreign Aid
The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Budget Request for the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is $60.4 billion, which includes $29.4 billion for USAID fully and partially managed accounts, $1.7 billion (6 percent) above the FY 2022 Request. How generous. How much of the $60.4 billion that is dumped for the most part into foreign shitholes is administered by Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)? I can answer that question – maybe 90%. The number could be higher, I’m trying to be conservative here. So US State wants to develop clean water in Mozambique or it wants to encourage democracy in Sudan or it wants to feed the Taliban in Afghanistan, which it does to the tune of $1 billion per year. State goes to NGOs to carry out these vital tasks. There are a lot of NGOs. Coincidentally, they’re democrat party donors. It’s the same scam that Barack ran with “green energy”. The NGOs take their cut, maybe 50%, the party takes 30-40% (which would include 10% for the big guy) and 10% ends up helping crippled children in Bolivia (if that).
How many former US State and CIA employees work for NGOs that are headquartered in the Beltway? You can’t swing a dead cat around your head without hitting them. It’s a slick hustle and if I was a crook, I’d be doing it too. I could do it from home if I wanted to soil myself. Many of these former USGOV people who ride that gravy train have convinced themselves that they are about God’s work. They attend church on the weekend and drop cash into the bucket as it is passed and their children and grandchildren attend expensive prep schools to prepare them for Yale where they can join Skull and Bones in preparation for national service themselves.
Let’s say that you were a member of a Mexican family who had an interest in this or that US policy. How would you get the attention of legislators and executive branch mavens? There are a number of donation bundlers that you could use, but we’re talking big money here and they’re small potatoes. You’d go through the big NGOs that State (and CIA) use and would donate (tax-free contribution) to them to help the blind to see/lame to walk in Ghana. Their relationships (after a healthy haircut into the pockets of the administrators) with USGOV officials allow them to dump hundreds of millions into political action committees across the spectrum with no oversight.
If somebody thought there might be hanky panky, they could call the FBI to investigate. A few quiet words over lunch would kill that investigation. It would end up in a crate wedged between Hunter’s Laptop, Epstein’s videos, The Lost Ark, and alien carcasses from Area 51.
That’s how the big cartel money moves to influence USGOV.
This is a Wikipedia page of NGOs. Who is involved in what? It’s a question worth asking. The filthy ones often don’t rise to the Wikipedia page level. They maintain a lower profile.
Private Military Organizations (PMOs) can also participate and do when it comes to private arms sales. For example, let’s use a hypothetical. At an air base somewhere in Eastern Europe an aircraft lands with military supplies destined for Ukraine*.
*The US has spent $91 billion in Ukraine to date in 2022. After revising their number in September 2022, the estimate for the entire Russian defense budget in 2022 was adjusted to 4.7 trillion rubles (US$77.7 billion)
Back to the aircraft unloading military supplies. Some of it is loaded onto trucks headed to Kiev. Other supplies are loaded onto a second airplane that will make stops in places like Albania, hypothetically, where it will be redistributed and sold. Who manages sales like this, a portion of which would be pushed through the NGO route to the Democrat Central Committee? You need a PMO, familiar with the buyers (who may even include Wagner Group) to manage it.
If somebody were to ask where Wagner Group came by it, they would claim to have captured it from the Ukrainian Army – the fog of war and all that. Of course, everything is hypothetical.
Well, not everything. FTX funded the Democrat Party Mid-Term elections through laundered funds that were sent to Ukraine to fight Russia. Overall, in 2021 and 2022, Sam Bankman-Fried donated approximately $38 million to various candidates and PACs, mainly giving his cash to Democratic candidates and left-wing groups, according to Federal Election Commission filings (FEC). The majority of his political giving, though, went to the Protect Our Future PAC, a group founded in January that is dedicated to boosting candidates committed to preventing future pandemics.
Sam is said to be in the Bahamas on a yacht. If he ever returns to the US, you can bet that he’ll end up in Epstein’s Cell where he will kill himself.
It’s a filthy business.