Top Mexican Drug Cartel Calls Truce ... for One Month
La Familia claims break will prove it's not as bad as reports indicate
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2011 8:26 AM CST
Federal police agents stand next to a truck riddled with bullets in Apatzingan, Mexico, Friday Dec. 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Primera Plana)

(Newser) – When it comes to Mexican drug cartels, members of La Familia are apparently the good guys. A one-month truce in the western state of Michoacan was announced yesterday in a letter supposedly signed by the gang. In the message, circulated through email and distributed door-to-door in some cities, the cartel reportedly says it will stop criminal activity this month in order to prove that it “is not responsible for the criminal acts federal authorities are reporting to the media," the AP reports.

In the past, La Familia has made other public announcements, insisting that it is actually defending the state against other gangs; but officials say it is actually responsible for kidnappings, extortion, murders, decapitations, and more. Officials say the authenticity of this letter has not been verified, but the cartel has been weakened recently by arrests and deaths. Last month, the cartel’s alleged leader, Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, was killed by police.

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Jan 9, 2011 4:23 PM CST
Prohibition is a sickening horror and the ocean of hypocrisy, incompetence, corruption and human wreckage it has left in its wake is almost endless. Prohibition has decimated generations and criminalized millions for a behavior which is entwined in human existence, and for what other purpose than to uphold the defunct and corrupt thinking of a minority of misguided, self-righteous Neo-Puritans and degenerate demagogues who wish nothing but unadulterated destruction on the rest of us. Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use, among all echelons of society, is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation. By its very nature, prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model - the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous and ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved. Thus the allure of this reliable and lucrative industry, with it's enormous income potential that consistently outweighs the risks associated with the illegal operations that such a trade entails, will remain with us until we are collectively forced to admit the obvious. There is therefore an irrefutable connection between drug prohibition and the crime, corruption, disease and death it causes. Anybody 'halfway bright', and who's not psychologically challenged, should be capable of understanding that it is not simply the demand for drugs that creates the mayhem, it is our refusal to allow legal businesses to meet that demand. If you are not capable of understanding this connection then maybe you're using something far stronger than the rest of us. So put away your pipe, lock yourself away in a small room with some tinned soup and water, and try to crawl back into reality A.S.A.P. Because Drug cartels will always have an endless supply of ready cash for wages, bribery and equipment, no amount of tax money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safe again. Only an end to prohibition can do that! How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution? If you support the Kool-Aid mass suicide cult of prohibition, and erroneously believe that you can win a war without logic and practical solutions, then prepare yourself for even more death, tortured corpses, corruption, terrorism, sickness, imprisonment, economic tribulation, unemployment and the complete loss of the rule of law. "A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded." Abraham Lincoln The only thing prohibition successfully does is prohibit regulation & taxation while turning even our schools and prisons into black markets for drugs. Regulation would mean the opposite! Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.
Jan 3, 2011 6:59 PM CST
F -em...hit those scumbags even harder
Jan 3, 2011 1:11 PM CST
Legalize it! Stop DEA terror.