Is THIS the kind of people we want coming into our country???Drug users are helping to destroy this country!!?
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Chris Hawley and Yvonne Wingett
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 28, 2007 12:00 AM
MEXICO CITY - As drug wars raged along other parts of the U.S.-Mexican border, things had remained mostly quiet in the Sonoran town of Agua Prieta.
On Monday, assassins gunned down Police Chief Ramón Tacho Verdugo, spraying more than 40 bullets at him in an ambush outside police headquarters in this town near Douglas. The motive is murky, but it almost certainly involved control of the smuggling routes into Arizona, Mexican and U.S. officials said Tuesday. advertisement
"Rival organizations are vying for control of these lucrative corridors," said Ramona Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. "(Tacho's murder) is a reminder of how violent these criminal organizations are, and they will continue to use whatever means they need."
Tacho's death followed a number of drug-related killings in Agua Prieta and the Dec. 9 arrest of Carlos "Calichi" Molinares from nearby Naco on drug-smuggling charges in Tucson.
State and city police were on high alert and patrolling Agua Prieta for fear of further violence, said José Larrinaga, a spokesman for the Sonora attorney general. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano was "very concerned" about the attack and asked federal and state law enforcement officials to meet with border sheriffs to exchange information about border violence, said Dennis Burke, her chief of staff.
With Tacho's death, Agua Prieta joins a growing list of Mexican cities where hit men have gunned down police chiefs. At least 12 have died in the past year, including top lawmen in the border cities of Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo.
The killings have many police thinking twice about taking the top post. The Sonoran town of Naco, for example, has had 12 police chiefs in the past three years. The last one to resign was Tacho's brother, Roberto Tacho Verdugo.
An Old-West lawman
With his cowboy hats and Western shirts, big belt buckles and wide mustache, Ramón Tacho looked the part of the Wild West sheriff. He had a talent for music and had even recorded an album of traditional Mexican music and corridos, romantic cowboy-style ballads. That style helped make him one of Agua Prieta's most high-profile officials, said Ray Borane, mayor of Douglas, which lies just across the border.
Tacho was head of Sonora's state detective force before becoming police chief in Naco, then in Cananea. He took over Agua Prieta's police force in September. Borane said Tacho was a good lawman and had made some important arrests.
But his flamboyant manner also fed rumors of ties to drug traffickers.
"Because of things people said about him - his way of dressing, acting and the way they executed him - it was said he was 'compromised,' " said Luis Arvayo, a reporter for El Imparcial newspaper who covers crime in Agua Prieta.
On Monday, Tacho was walking to his car with a group of aides at about 5 p.m. when a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Jeep Liberty roared up to police headquarters. Gunmen inside opened fire with AR-15 assault rifles, firing more than 40 bullets at the police chief, said Larrinaga of the Sonora Attorney General's Office.
Tacho was hit in the chest, stomach and leg. Another bullet grazed a paramedic at the nearby Red Cross headquarters.
Police returned fire, and the two vehicles sped off. The Grand Cherokee was found abandoned a few streets away. Tacho underwent emergency surgery at Agua Prieta's Latino Hospital but died about 90 minutes after the attack, Larrinaga said.
Drug wars come home
It was the most brazen assassination in Agua Prieta since gunmen killed the regional commander of the Federal Preventive Police in July 2003. The Arizona border had been mostly quiet since then, even as pitched battles raged between drug lords in Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana and other border points.
Police commanders are frequent targets in those places. In June, gunmen killed Nuevo Laredo's police chief less than seven hours after he took the job. In November, an assistant police chief in Tijuana was found shot and dismembered near police headquarters.
The Arizona border is controlled by the Sinaloa cartel of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. That cartel has struck an alliance with the neighboring Juarez cartel, leading to relative peace along Arizona's southeastern border.
But on Jan. 19, Tacho's officers arrested a Sinaloa man on charges of carrying out the execution-style slaying of two men in an Agua Prieta backyard on Jan. 3. And on Thursday, two drug-smuggling suspects were found dead, their faces slashed with a knife or razor.
Larrinaga said it was still too early to tell if Tacho's death was part of a broader drug war in the area. He said that murders statewide have declined in the past year.
"We can't consider this a red flag yet," Larrinaga said.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Political policies and regime changes are often at the heart of rising drug stocks. I can't comment on the scene in the USA but in the UK, heroin flooded into the country after the Shah of Iran was deposed and the Islamic Fundamentalists took over the country.
However, if the majority white population of the UK and the rest of Europe didn't want the drug then they would have had to find other ways of disposing of it or stop cultivating the poppy altogether.
Demand always leads to someone supplying and if the poppy could be cultivated in the UK, they would supply themselves. Same could be true if the USA could cultivate the Coca Bush in any quantity and in secrecy.
Other nationalities only export the drugs because they can cultivate it!
The Middle East have most of the oil and the same applies although legally.
- Ms LetyLv 71 decade ago
The drug cartels don't intend to come and live here in the USA.They run Mexico,they have people here in the USA which distribute the drugs.They get one poor Mexican to cross over the drugs to a certain destination,then that's when the Americans step in.Where there is a demand,there will always be a supply.That goes for all drugs in other countries.It's sad,but true.
- heraLv 41 decade ago
Why hasn't this been all over the media?!?! I am getting more and more fed up with this country all the time! This is a point blank TERRORIST ACT and yet the only way that I have ever found out is by coming to the Yahoo Answers. What is wrong with this picture, while they keep droning on about 3 people dying in the Caribbean?
- 1 decade ago
"we can't consider this a red flag yet" ? Or, is the truth closer to, "We aren't allowed to consider this a red flag yet." From my understanding, all border guards have been directed to stop using force, of any kind against illegals. They are only allowed to watch and report people crossing. The border is open.
And this despite the fact that several officers have been attacked in the past few monthes!
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- 1 decade ago
Their are already drug users and pushers in this country and they don't just come from Mexico. Another thing I'd like to add is instead of just worrying about Mexico we need to worry about other countries like the ones our president is pissing off and has already pissed off. Its not good to judge the whole country and there people as a whole just because there are bad apples. Those type of people exist in other countries as well as our own. Thank you.
- Super RuperLv 61 decade ago
Are you familiar with South Central LA, and other parts of the US where American citizens are engaging in gang wars, and killing innocent people? At least the drug wars have a central theme...money. With the gang killings in the US today, the motivation is hatred, simply because someone belongs to a rival gang. People in glass countries should not throw stones....
- Anonymous1 decade ago
it's terrible when a country can't control the criminals. if both govt's see what is going on why don't the united states help put a stop to it. it's a shame America will be in another war over drugs. hopefully our military will be back soon, they will stop it.
whites are using drugs,BUT, where are they coming from? not here in America. we need o stop the illegals from bringing the drugs here so white people wont offer drugs to kids.
- 1 decade ago
Drug addicts belong to Doctors without borders, Drug Dealers who purchase wholesale investments thru the profit of drug sales belong in jail.
- 1 decade ago
NO, we don't want this kind of trash coming here!to "dallas cutsie" Where do you think those "white boys" got the drugs from in the FIRST PLACE??
- 1 decade ago
May I please be HONEST! An American (white) offered my son drugs.. I live in E.L.A. surrounded by Mexicans and Asians but who offered him drugs...? A white guy, an American Citizen. Every single ethnicity uses drugs, the fact that you want to blame one perticular group shows how shallow your world is...
Report me if you want but don't ask a question where you don't want to hear the truth...Drugs are rampid!!!!!