Central America: Mexican Cartels Continue Regional Expansion

From El Cronista Digital on July 29, 2013- According to Gema Santamaria, a Mexican academic, the policies of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will have no positive changes for Central American countries dealing with the continued expansion of Mexican cartels. Pena Nieto’s strategy has been to limit drug trafficking violence and crimes of high impact to the Mexican public, but it will not stop the expansion of cartels in Central America. Pena Nieto’s strategy, much like former president Felipe Calderon’s, has had no effect on cartel expansion in Central America. Santamaria recommends that Mexico must adopt multilateral cooperation mechanisms in research, tracking, and neutralization of drug-related assets. This cooperation must not only be between Mexico and countries of the Northern Triangle (Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala), but also between Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, which play a central role in the money laundering and arms trafficking networks of the Mexican cartels. Read Article

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