Friday, December 12, 2008
Criminals in Training
According to the Mexican Secretary of Defense's own findings (requested by the PRD Senate bloc), one out of every three narcos is a former military official. That's quite a number, and it's hard to imagine that they would be inflating it. It would help to know a little more about how they study (pertinent questions: Is this anyone arrested for a drug charge, or just the people with real operational control? Does this mean that of the estimated 500,000 estimated to be earning their living from drugs, 166,000 are former military? How direct is the link between the military service and the drug running? Are they marching one day and moving kilos of cocaine the next? Is the likelihood of someone entering the drug trade increased by their being a soldier?), but in any event, this screams for greater efforts to control desertion and better monitoring of ex-soldiers activities.