Saturday, May 16, 2009

Absolutely fascinating...


From Reuters:

ZACATECAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Suspected members of a Mexican drug cartel disguised as federal police swept into a prison in the northern state of Zacatecas on Saturday and freed 53 inmates, police and army officials said.

The early-morning jailbreak, which took less than five minutes and involved no violence, was carried out by 20 heavily armed men who arrived in 10 vehicles and a helicopter, they said.

All of the escaped prisoners are believed to be members of the armed wing of Mexico's Gulf Cartel, one of the country's most powerful criminal organizations.


I mean, you just can't make this shit up... unless your Robert Rodriguez, of course.

It sure looks like the Mexican government is losing its battle against the "drug gangs" and as a southern California resident, I'm looking forward to quieter times in Mexico.

5 comments:

Jang-chub Ozer said...

So the result of America's great War on Drugs is that the cartels have moved north from Columbia to Mexico. Well that's closer to the market so I guess they get points as free enterprisers.

Shaw Kenawe said...

I'm visiting in SoCal in a place I refer to as Beigetown.

Am I anywhere near Mexico?

BadTux said...

And the fun part, given how corrupt the federales are in Mexico, these could have been real live federales *as well as* enforcers for a Mexican drug cartel. The War on Drugs corrupts cops just as much as it corrupts everything else.

Mitesh Damania said...

Check out Catherine Austin Fitts on drug money laundering:

http://www.askbutwhy.com/2009/03/catherine-austin-fitts-fraud-and.html

puddy said...

Jang-chub Ozer - good point. i think the money is in correctly guessing the next stop on the drug-n-violence train. maybe yahoo! will sponsor a fantasy-cartel-draft.

Shaw Kenawe - you are closer to mexico than vancouver.

BadTux - the event "...took less than five minutes and involved no violence" hmmm...

Mitesh Damania - nice blog. we'll link ya...