A fresh wave of criminal violence has revived old concerns that Mexico is sliding into the same levels of drug-related chaos and corruption as Colombia, reports Cox News Service. Drug gangs have issued death threats to eight judges and magistrates presiding over organized-crime cases this year. Some threats allegedly have been communicated through lawyers of accused mobsters. And Mexican Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca said this week that Mexico’s new FBI-like federal police agency has gradually been tainted by corruption by organized crime rings that traffic drugs.
More than 800 people have died so far this year in drug-gang violence, including many municipal and state police, whose ranks continue to be compromised by bribes and threats from traffickers. Colombia, the source of most cocaine trafficked to the United States and elsewhere, has suffered for years under waves of brazen assassinations of judges and allegations of cartel financing of political campaigns. In Colombia, huge swaths of national territory are controlled by armed guerrilla groups that oversee lucrative cocaine production. But a Mexican officials says that country is “nowhere near” being “overpowered” by cartels.