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PRI Interviews Anabel Hernandez, Author, ‘Narcoland: The Mexican Druglords and Their Godfathers’

Anabel Hernández has investigated the world of Mexico’s druglords.

Via The World:

Mexican investigative journalist Anabel Hernández has looked deep inside her country’s violent drug war.

Her book Los Senores del Narco was an instant bestseller in Mexico when it was published there in 2011.

Now, it’s been released in English under the title, Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers.

Hernández describes Mexico’s war on drugs as a “sham.” She argues that a drug syndicate called the Sinaloa cartel, one of the biggest criminal organisations in the world, operates with the help of Mexican officials. And she says the bad guys in Mexico’s drug wars don’t hide away. They operate in full view.

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Drug Cartels Building High-Tech Tunnels Below U.S.-Mexico Border

drugtunnel-afp1Gives new meaning to “underground economy.” The Globe and Mail writes:

When architect Felipe de Jesus Corona built Mexico’s most powerful drug lord a 200-foot-long tunnel under the U.S.-Mexican border with a hydraulic lift entrance opened by a fake water tap, the kingpin was impressed. The architect “made me one [expletive] cool tunnel” Joaquin (Shorty) Guzman said, according to court testimony that helped sentence Mr. Corona to 18 years in prison in 2006.

Built below a pool table in his lawyer’s home, the tunnel was among the first of an increasingly sophisticated drug transport system used by Mr. Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel. U.S. customs agents seized more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine that had allegedly been smuggled along the underground route.

In the past five years, a crackdown on drug smugglers in Mexico and tighter U.S. border security above ground has led to a dramatic increase in the use, and the sophistication, of tunnels under the border.

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