TRIAL OF JOAQUIN "EL CHAPO" GUZMAN MAY REVEAL U.S. CORRUPTION
QUESTION IS: WHO TOOK THE MONEY ON THIS SIDE OF THE BORDER?
It has been revealed by testimony in the trial of Joaquin Guzman that he had paid Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto $100 million in October of 2012. This testimony was given by Alex Gifuentes, Guzman's secretary. He claims that president asked for $250 million but they settled for the $100 million. He also claimed that the Mexican Federal Police also accepted money.
This should come as no surprise, as it is part of the business plan of major drug enterprises to payoff politicians and authorities to allow their business to continue. The most famous Drug dealer was of course, Pablo Escobar, who dominated the Cocaine business for 2 decades in Columbia and whose enterprise's were worldwide. It has been verified that almost everyone in public office in Columbia was on the take. Low level bureaucrats were receiving up to $200,000 a year. Escobar was asked how he could maintain such a vast illegal business. His answer, "it is very easy, pay off everyone here , and payoff everyone there", meaning the United States, the biggest market for illegal drugs in the world.
Guzman was a associate of Escobar, he was instrumental in moving drugs through Mexico into the United States. When the Colombian cartel was broken up it was replaced by groups in Mexico. Chicago was, and still is the main distribution point for drugs entering the United States. Does anyone believe that all this traffic continues without some cooperation. It will be interesting if questioners will pursue who was being paid by Guzman and who is probably still being paid by whoever is now running the Sinaloe Cartel. Or is this something that no one would really want to know.
The fact is, the illegal drug business would not be possible without the collaboration of political, and law enforcement officials. Of course, most law enforcement are honest people, but I assume the cartels know which important points to grease. It will be interesting to see if any of this will be revealed. I don't believe that I can recall that anyone in the United States was ever convicted of accepting cartel money. Are our politicians more honest than those in Mexico and Columbia?