The “War on Drugs” continues to rage into yet another decade, with drug czars reigning supreme over those that do not have enough support, will, or authority to do anything about their violent antics.
In an increasingly bloody affair, Mexican President Felipe Calderón is making good on his promise to increase the military presence of his nation in order to defeat the various drug cartels residing among his people.
Though usually of mixed results, Calderón’s latest effort to stop the illegal drug trade plaguing his people proved to be nothing less than a highly successful affair accentuated by the fatal capture of Artuo Beltrán Leyva, also known as the “Boss of All Bosses.”
One of the two most powerful kingpins in all of Mexico and deemed one of the most wanted drug lords by local officials, Leyva met a very sudden, painful, and brutal end after he and a small army of loyal gunmen engaged the Mexican Navy in what became a four-hour gun battle.
Navy members rappelled from hovering helicopters to capture Leyva while he sought shelter in a ritzy condominium located within popular tourist destination, Cuernavaca.
Four members of his cartel were gunned down while only one naval responder was killed. Several other Navy members were wounded by grenades thrown by cartel members.
The death of the “Boss of All Bosses” comes at the climax of one of the most violent moments in the history of Mexico. Though 13,000 drug dealers have been silenced since President Calderón took office in December of 2006, the carnage and casualties suffered by average citizens only serves to suggest that there is a great deal of work that has yet to be finished.
The Juarez Cartel, which operates out of the Ciudad de Juarez, still has a vice grip on several parts of several regions within the death riddled nation; the war that rages between the cartel and Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives with 4,100 deaths coming from Juarez alone.
Still, the death of a man that was once one of the most powerful people in the world will serve no viable purpose or particular goal. Ultimately some one else will step up to fill the void, if any, that remains.
The idea of a revolving door that leads one from immense wealth to a timely death is the impetus behind the strategic ideology of many within the United States and Mexican government. Calls for the legalization of prohibited substances such as cocaine, marijuana, and amphetamines are seemingly increasing with the death toll.
Currently, the U.S. is the leading supporter of the Mexican Drug Trade, and has been for years, with nearly 264,000 pounds of cocaine smuggled into the greatest country in the world between 1990 and 2005.
Guzman, though a drug kingpin, made Forbes Magazine’s World Billionaires list this year, raking in $1 billion, money made even though he was incarcerated from 1993 to 2001. American government officials are offering $5 million for his capture.