For the record, I think there ARE big drug bosses on this side of the border. Look at the pile of money from this now famous picture taken at a bust in a wealthy Mexico City suburb earlier this year: The pile of colored paper in the front are Mexican pesos, while the familiar colored stacks behind them are good ol' American greenbacks. That tells me the money guys are Americans, not Mexican capos. I wonder, like officials in Colombia and Mexico, why we know so much about organized crime in Latin America, but so little about crime bosses here:
"I certainly would love to see where is the Pablo Escobar of Texas," Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos, who was once kidnapped by Escobar, said on a recent visit to Houston. "I would love to know."Governor Perry's border security council guru Fred Burton says those kind of kingpins don't exist here because, "Our law enforcement efforts are too good. Our intelligence is too good and we don't have the vast corruption." Maybe so; I hope he's right. OTOH, the same Mr. Burton nine days later released a study that said Texas is potentially vulnerable to border-region drug violence because law enforcement is "poorly coordinated, undersupplied and sometimes corrupt."
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox shared Santos' concern.
"That is the question I always ask myself," Fox said recently by phone from California. His speaking tour comes to Houston next week. "Who crosses or permits the drugs to be crossed at the border, and when on the U.S. side of the border, who transports the drugs to the markets of this great nation?"
That would be closer to my own assessment. It's hard to argue with that huge stack of American cash, and hard not to wonder who in America is responsible for the distribution and profits from Mexican cartel suppliers?