Why extraditing Mexico drug traffickers could strengthen U.S. gangs
- August 19, 2011
- An article by Nathan Jones, political science graduate student, is featured on In Sight (insightcrime.org) August 18, 2011
From In Sight:
Mexico's current unprecedented level of cooperation in extraditing organized crime suspects to the U.S. is good news in the short term, but could build stronger ties between U.S. prison gangs and Mexican drug cartels. Extradition of its citizens to the U.S. is a touchy subject in Mexico, whose history is filled with incidents of U.S. invasion and perceived and real economic encroachment. But in its modern fight against organized crime and the resulting desire for U.S. military aid, Mexico has proven more willing to extradite citizens wanted for drug trafficking to its northern neighbor. The country has sent more than 150 suspects to stand trial in the U.S. since 2005, according to the U.S. Embassy. The Mexican government has even said that extradition is key to "institutionalizing the rule of law,” part of its four-pillar strategy against organized crime.
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