US Indicts Fmr Guatemalan VP on Drug Charges

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  1. Falcon

    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

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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.