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Former anti-drugs czar questions seizure and use of narco assets

  1. Balzafire
    Venezuela's first anti-drugs czar, Mildred Camero, who was replaced shortly after Venezuela broke with the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), says the situation in Venezuela is chaotic. In a serious accusation. Camero claims that many of the assets seized from alleged narco-traffickers have been "diverted" or are being used by National Anti-Drugs Office (ONA) officials for personal matters.

    Camero does not think much about the new reform law, stating that it seems to have been passed to collect more money.

    The current ONA, Camero muses, has more money than many ministries. An indignant former judge slams the State for seizing assets whether the person accused is guilty or not and without finding out where the assets came from.

    Camero launched the accusations in an interview with El Nacional criticizing the fact that the assets are set to use immediately and posed the question: what will be returned to the accused if s/he is absolved "there must be other ways to protect property without officials using assets that's corruption."

    Speaking about rivalries between the National Guard (GN) and Police Detective Branch (CICPC), Camero admitted that the GN had excelled in anti-drugs activities, while the CICPC was better prepared in matters of investigation.

    When asked about the latest developments, Camero warned that Mexican cartels are operating in Venezuela making things more chaotic because the groups have become atomized and "we are afraid to recognize the fact."

    The Sinola cartel has been busy in Venezuela and Carabobo merits special attention because she has heard that the Russian mafia is muscling in, along with ETA (?) and the Sicilians.

    In a parting shot, Camero agreed with the question that the authorities were biased in favor of certain groups and that only the small fry have been imprisoned.

    Patrick J. O'Donoghue
    November 29, 2010


  1. dyingtomorrow
    Just another example how the American demand for drugs is seriously destabilizing South and Central America. Governments are breaking down, powerful blocs of politicians in various countries are entirely in the pockets of the incredibly rich drug cartels, corruption is rampant and growing, and large areas are in an actual state of lawlessness and anarchy. In Mexico government officials are assassinated all the time, and the power of the cartels is so great (from the profits of the U.S. War on Drugs), that they are actually challenging the military with their own paramilitary forces. As the country becomes increasingly politically and economically unstable, the willingness of other countries to trade and invest in Mexico will continuously decline, and the production and trafficking of drugs will become the only option for subsistence for an ever growing percent of the population. For most of history Mexico did not have a strong federal government, and we very well might see in the next few decades the fragmentation of Mexico into smaller narco-states, depending on whether the U.S. continues its War on Drugs. Columbia cannot even be called a "single country," and despite decades of U.S. military intervention and enormous grants to the Columbian government for anti-drug forces, a significant portion of the country is controlled by "drug rebels." This same trend is in danger of spreading to the rest of South America.

    Nearly every U.S. war after Korea has shown that using military force to coerce governments and populations is completely ineffective. The U.S. government has tried using force in Columbia for decades, to no effect. Nothing short of a wall blocking off Mexico and a hundred billion dollars a year worth of coastal patrol boats, inspection of every imported container, and an army of government salaried border/inspection personnel is going to put a dent in the supply making it to the U.S. Even then, at the cost of unprecedented national resources with corresponding trade disruption and tax increases, the price of drugs would just go up, and the incentive for corruption would become greater as it would pay out higher dividends.

    The only thing which can prevent this continuing destabilization and corruption is a change in U.S. drug policy. It does not even have to be a complete legalization of all drugs. Legalizing marijuana alone would put a huge dent in the destructive side effects of the War on Drugs. I would put cocaine in the same category as marijuana, as it is used harmlessly by a significant percent of some of the highest functioning members of society. The demand for South American heroin could be dried up overnight by replacing "methadone clinics" with "morphine clinics."

    Either way, I am 100% confident that something is going to have to give in the U.S. War on Drugs. It is simply not sustainable. Neither socially, nor politically, nor economically sustainable. Until then, the extent and magnitude of social and economic damage will depend on whether the insulated (Oxycontin and amphetamine prescribed) elite decide to start implementing rational policies, or instead choose to spite the rest of humankind by fighting a war of attrition to the bitter end.
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