Some within the U.S. law enforcement community finally are realizing that in order to put the Mexican drug cartels out of business they must hit them where it hurts in their pocketbook, and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has announced the formation of two teams to target money laundering operations in the state as reported by Diana M. Alba for Las Cruces Sun-News:
Gov. Susana Martinez, who was Do-a Ana County's top state prosecutor before taking office in January, said the problem of drug-related money laundering is one she brought to the attention of federal officials about a decade ago in her work as district attorney. * * * "This should have been started a long time ago," she said of King's effort. "We should have moved on it a long time ago. This isn't a new problem."
Of course, let's hope the authorities don't call the whole thing off when they further realize that a few white-collar politically-connected professionals including attorneys, real estate agents, business brokers, money managers, bankers or others may be involved in laundering the money.