Skip to comments.Mexico's anti-narcotics tsar just one casualty of US-backed war on drugs
Posted on 05/02/2013 10:53:56 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
When Mexico's former drug tsar Noé Ramírez was arrested on suspicion of receiving monthly payments from the Beltrán-Leyva drug cartel he was confident the charges would quickly be dropped.
No court, he thought, would believe testimony from a former cartel member who claimed to have seen Ramírez receive a briefcase full of cash at a Mexico City restaurant on a day he was actually travelling to Las Vegas for a meeting with US law-enforcement officials, in the company of two US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents.
Ramírez was wrong. It took four years, four months and a change of government before a judge exonerated him, ruling that not only was the witness lying, but that prosecutors might also have fabricated evidence.
"I realised that I had the whole state against me," says Ramírez, who spent months in a high-security jail before he was released in March. "They all knew I was innocent and nobody stood up for me."
Ramírez was one of the highest-profile officials to be imprisoned during the government of the former president Felipe Calderón in a string of cases relying on uncorroborated testimony from protected witnesses many with the apparent seal of approval of the US. The collapse of the cases raises embarrassing questions about the US role in anti-narcotic operations in Mexico just as Washington is renegotiating the terms of its collaboration with the new administration of Enrique Peña Nieto. . .
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It’s like Van Jones losing his legs in a freak windmill accident.
Well where do people think obastard gets his blow from? Oh, that’s right, he doesn’t do that anymore. And he doesn’t smoke. And he’s born again. No bacon or other pork is served in the “People’s House” for health reasons. How forgetful of me...
Does that involve doing cartwheels through the blades of the windmill?
When you read the article it becomes apparent we have plenty of corruption on this side of the border as well. The DEA sat on evidence for 4 years that would clear this guy?
The worst thing is the people behind this awful act will never ever be called out on it.
The case doesn’t raise any questions in my mind.
Remember we gave the cartels automatic weapons and even sniper rifles. We give them free access across our borders.
Obama is just going down with our checkbook to se that the new President is as easy to buy as the old one.
Don’t worry La Raza Rubio will give him Amnesty... and he will feel better.