Cartel siege in Sonora largely hidden

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    ALTAR, Mexico - The police chiefs met in the dusty plaza with a federal official clutching a black bag filled with pesos: $40,000 in government pensions for the senior citizens living in the pueblos of the nearby foothills.

    A convoy of seven vehicles rumbled into the plaza, the trucks squeezing between taco and T-shirt vendors who gawked at the 60 or so federal and state police officers toting assault rifles.

    The crack squad had captured drug-cartel kingpins and battled gangs from Baja California to Michoacan. On this day they slipped on their ski masks to escort the police chiefs on a mission of mercy to a lost corner of Mexico.

    They would be heading deep into the scrublands of the Sonoran Desert, where hundreds of cartel gunmen controlled the pueblos and ambushed intruders on hillside roads that have become blood-spattered shooting galleries.

    The convoy was outmanned, outgunned and probably didn't even have the element of surprise. Cartel lookouts - they could be anybody: taxi drivers, store owners, fellow cops - had no doubt already tipped off the organized-crime groups. Cell-phone conversations were routinely intercepted.

    "I'm talking here and the mafia is listening," said one commander who, like many police, residents and officials, spoke on condition of anonymity out of security concerns. "They already know we're coming."

    The convoy turned past the small church and the local newspaper office, its windows blasted out, and ran every red light and stop sign leaving town.

    This is Mexico's hidden drug war.

    Ciudad Juarez and other violence-torn urban areas may rack up large body counts and capture headlines and presidential visits. But here in the northern part of the state of Sonora, two of Mexico's strongest drug cartels are waging a battle for scores of human and drug trafficking routes into Arizona that may be just as sinister.Cartel siege in Sonora largely hidden
     
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    'El Chuy Raúl' brought to the U.S....
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    Mexico extradites Sinaloa Cartel member 'El Chuy Raúl' to U.S.
    Jan. 26, 2017 -- Mexico's attorney general on Thursday said Jesús "El Chuy Raúl" Beltrán León, a Sinaloa Cartel member accused of working as the former bodyguard of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán's son, has been extradited to the United States.
     
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    After all this annual police melodrama is over and a bunch of drug producers and traffickers are either arrested or killed -- every one of them will be instantly replaced by subordinates waiting in the wings.

    "Attempting to solve a problem by doing the same thing over and over and over and expecting a different result is one definition of insanity." (Albert Einstein)

    But in this example insanity is not the motivating force for this counterproductive nonsense -- this repetitious theatrical bullshit that serves absolutely no constructive purpose. The use and availability of any drug one wishes to buy and use will remain available as per usual -- if not on the same corner then on the next corner, or the next.

    Consider who benefits from the drug war: The pharmaceutical industry. The liquor and beer industries. The drug-testing industry. The legal profession. The police occupation, the prison industry. Every corrupt politician who receives "contributions" from those legal entities -- as well as those who are bribed by the major traffickers who remain in business because of the drug war.

    This bullshit has been going on without interruption ever since Nixon initiated the War on Drugs and Reagan escalated it and it stands as clear evidence of the gullibility and stupidity of the majority of American voters. They simply refuse to acknowledge that the War on Drugs is a fiasco which is working against the interests of the American People.
     

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