US Indicts Fmr Guatemalan VP on Drug Charges

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  1. Falcon

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    A US federal court has indicted the former vice president and the former interior minister of Guatemala on cocaine trafficking charges, suggesting US officials are skeptical about the ability of the Central American country's justice system to successfully prosecute these powerful figures.

    According to a press release from the US Embassy in Guatemala, Roxana Baldetti and Mauricio López Bonilla were separately indicted on criminal charges of "conspiring to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, intending and knowing that the cocaine will be unlawfully imported into the US."

    (See the indictment of Baldetti in PDF format here. See the López Bonilla indictment here.)

    Former Vice President Baldetti is currently jailed in Guatemala as she faces several corruption cases in that country. For his part, former Interior Minister López Bonilla is already under investigation for corruption and money laundering in Guatemala.

    More: http://www.insightcrime.org/news-br...mala-vp-fmr-interior-minister-on-drug-charges
     
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    The problem with the drug war is that no matter how many resources we pour into South America we can never solve their corruption problem which is in many ways the source of the drug cartel-gang issue in South American countries. In South America the actual market for drugs is not that high, the real market is the US. Drug cartels work with corrupt government officials in south america to smuggle their drugs, the officials that aren't corrupt are threatened and killed. Even if we deployed our military countries like Columbia the problem still wouldn't be solved, look at Afghanistan, heroin production is up over the past decade.
     
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    Oh, my friend.... If you will continue imitation of "Drug war" you will continue it. If your own security services are getting money from this buisiness - they will never stop it.
    How many tonns of napalm or herbicides did you use against coca fields last year? How many drug dillers were executed?
     
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    The CIA Drug Connection Is as Old as the Agency

    http://www.nytimes.com/1993/12/03/opinion/03iht-edlarry.html

    I like Duterte's drug war plan, it seems to be working.
     
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    We spend alot of money every year combating drugs. That money goes into rehab programs, military aid to South American countries, and alot of funding for our local police including military gear. The problem we have is that those countries have corrupt officials who are working with the Cartels and Drug Lords, as a result we can't effectively cut off the production of drugs.
     
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    If you wanna continue spending money, you should continue play game "who can pay more for corrupted cops". But in this situation you counterpose your weak side to enemies strong side.

    If you wanna win this war, you should counterpose your strong side against enemies weak side. For example - use your sattelites and aviation (you are strong in it) against enemies coca and popper fields. Fields can not hide, they can not be protected, without fields there will be no drugs.
     
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    Thanks. That it exactly what I mean. CIA "roofing" drugs pruduction and trade, pay money for corrupted US-politics, but don't do what they should to do. They don't gathering information for state and military leaders. Thats why, imho, US international politic is almost blind.

    Sure. At least, he really fight, not imitate it.
     
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    Instead of playing games in the middle east and europe we should concentrate more on South America, the drug problem is out of control and is killing thousands on American streets.
     
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    Sure. But there are variouse nuances. First of all - Middle East is valuable becouse of oil. Of course, production of oil in Middle East will fall in the level lower that modern domestic (ME) consumption in the next ten-twenty years, and there will be "white fox event". But you have some time. Right now Europe is almost useless, but exept role of spingboard against Eurazia.
    What about cocaine? It is a poison, trading of it is murdering, organized murdering is a war. You (as anyone) have right for selfdefence.
     
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    All intelligence agencies deal in the black market whether it is drugs or arms, they need secret budgets and untraceable cash to run their operations. The best example of this is the Iran contra affair. There are even allegations that Putin was involved in drug smuggling, many Narco Terror groups were funded by the Soviet Union such as the FARC in Columbia and PKK in Turkey.
     
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