Consider this New York Times headline for a second: “Mexico Kills a Drug Kingpin, but the Body Gets Away”.
“The twin developments — the killing of Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, one of the most wanted men in Mexico and the United States, followed by the theft of his corpse before authorities had even publicly identified it — left Mexican officials struggling on Tuesday to explain how a major blow against the nation’s criminal organizations could suddenly turn into an illustration of their persistent strength” (New York Times).
And it turns out this incident might have been avoided if the Mexican navy had followed through and continued to surveil the body until it was–at least–six feet under.
Yeah, apparently they just dropped the corpse off at the funeral home AFTER an AUTOPSY kind of proved the identity of Lazcano.
Just “kind of proved”?
Yes, apparently the autopsy proved that Lazcano’s
DNA finger prints were around, as in, it was tested in the autopsy, but no one is sure if it came from the actual body that the Navy furnished.
(Maybe they’ll test the right body next time?)
But what’s MOST troubling is that, up until now, the Mexican Navy/Marines (the institution that reportedly “killed” Lazcano) have been considered one of the least corrupt institutions in the Mexican government. Given that this body-snatching event happened on the Navy’s watch, their subsequent corruption is implied.
“How can they not be corrupt,” you wonder? “Hasn’t the drug cartels paid off everyone in any position of power?”
Probably! But someone wants us to believe otherwise: look at what the New York Times has reported on the Navy this past Spring:
“American law enforcement officials tend to work more closely with Mexico’s navy, perceived as a cleaner institution than the army” (New York Times).
“But analysts said it would be more troubling if the officers belonged to the Navy, which has played a significant role in the arrest or killing of some of the most-wanted drug kingpins” (New York Times).
“The Army is more like muscle; the Navy is more about intelligence operations,” said a former American law enforcement official” (New York Times).
Before you begin to doubt Mexico’s ability to recover any of their institutions from corruption, let’s add another element for fun.
U.S. cooperation with the Sinaloa cartel?
Claims have been made that the purpose of the Fast and Furious operation was to supply the Sinaloa cartel with weaponry (cooperation goes back to Bush administration and continues through Obama administration):