Friday, September 3, 2010

Corruption North of the Border

For as much as you read (and read and read) about violence and corruption related to the drug trade in Mexico, examples of it in the US --which of course there are, though rarer and less spectacular-- provoke very little attention in the US media. (This is a perennial complaint among Mexican commentators.) For instance, I saw nothing about the sentencing of former Customs official Martha Alicia Garnica, who last week received 20 years in federal prison for drug and related charges, on any of the major websites, yet her corruption makes the existence people like Chapo possible.

Update: I have since noticed that Daniel Hernández wrote a post on the sentencing for La Plaza a couple of days ago. Whoops.

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