Mexican Prosecutor and Police Arrested for Providing Protection to Zetas
The U.S. has spent $900 million of its Meridia Initiative money on training of Mexican prosecutors and law enforcement and providing them equipment. The countries just announced another training program:
Proyecto Diamante [is] a comprehensive training program designed and developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Justice and Mexico's Procuraduria General de la Republica to train 2,500 PGR prosecutors and 6,000 investigators over the next 12 months in core competencies.
This week, a senior prosecutor in the Attorney General's Office (PGR) in Saltillo, Coahuila, Claudia Gonzalez Lopez, was among those arrested on organized crime charges of allegedly providing protection to the Zetas in exchange for large sums of money, paid monthly. The former police chief was also arrested. as was the head of the Special Investigations Group.
The arrests are the product of an 11 month investigation by SIEDO, which began with the arrest of the No. 2 Zeta in Saltillo, Pedro Toga Lara aka "El Guacho. He began cooperating the day after his arrest and provided the dates and amount of payments. He also implicated an Army General and many soldiers.
I wonder if any of these prosecutors or cops attended our training programs.
I don't doubt that Mexico is serious about ending corruption. But should we be spending millions on training their cops and prosecutors before they've succeeded?
More on the training project here.
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