The Mexican narcos are corrupting local cops in the United States.
Veteran cop Noe Juarez once was honored as Officer of the Year in Houston, TX, and now he's been charged for his alleged work as a "hired gun" for drug cartel Los Zetas "escorting narcotics shipments across state borders" as reported by Doyle Murphy for the Daily News.
Last month Houston cop Marcos Carrion was "sentenced to nearly six years in prison for offering to use his badge to help cocaine traffickers" as reported by Dane Schiller for the Houston Chronicle: "Carrion pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, admitting he had agreed to provide security for delivery of 10 kilograms of cocaine."
This is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. No doubt history will reveal that the Mexican cartels pervasively corrupted police departments and local politicians the same way the Italian Mafia did in American cities decades ago to ensure their assorted rackets which included the drug trade could operate with virtual impunity.
The Mexican cartels move $50 billion in bulk product and bundled cash across the border each year, and have established supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells in hundreds of communities throughout the United States. There is no way that such a well-entrenched operation could be so successfully accomplished without a little help from well-placed friends. After all, organized crime cannot exist without public corruption.
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