2 Mexican army generals detained over alleged cartel ties
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2 Mexican army generals detained over alleged cartel ties

Mexican soldiers have detained two army generals, including a former assistant defense secretary, over their alleged links to organized crime.

According to the Associated Press, retired Gen. Tomas Angeles Dauahare, who was assistant defense minister from 2006 to 2008, and Gen. Roberto Dawe Gonzalez were being investigated for alleged ties to a Mexican drug cartel.

Gonzalez led an elite unit in the western state of Colima and is still stationed in the area, the BBC said.

"The generals are making a statement because they are allegedly tied to organized crime activities," an official at the Attorney General's Office told Reuters today.

Mexico’s organized crime unit was questioning the men, the BBC reported.

The army has been on the frontline in Mexico’s war on drugs. 

President Felipe Calderón deployed soldiers and other military personnel at the beginning of his term in 2006 to fight the powerful and well-armed drug gangs.

But more than 47,000 people have died in the ensuing violence and polls show Calderón’s government, the National Action Party, is likely to lose power in the July 1 presidential election.

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There has been a spate of violence in recent weeks. Last Sunday, the mutilated bodies of 49 people were found dumped at the entrance to the town of San Juan in the country’s north where the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel is fighting the powerful Sinaloa Cartel for control over smuggling routes into the United States.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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May 19, 2012, 5:39 am
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Prohibition isn’t like a disease where we’re still waiting for the cure to be discovered - we already know the cure. This isn’t like putting a man on the moon or inventing the Internet; it doesn’t take some stroke of genius or feat of technology. We have everything we need right now to end this moronothon.—Rarely in the history of mankind have we encountered a problem of such magnitude and consequence that is so eminently solvable.

Ending prohibition will see the largest share of criminal profits go up in smoke. These are the very profits that enable them to establish sophisticated networks, buy military hardware and airplanes, build submarines and tunnels, recruit thousands of foot soldiers, or bribe and threaten government officials. Those very same vast profits are also what makes all the murderous violence these entities employ worth all their trouble.

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