Thursday, October 29, 2009
La Familia Michoacana
303 people tied to La Familia drug Cartel in Mexico have been arrested across 19 states. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Sweep+nabs+people+tied+Mexican+gang/2136173/story.html
We all know the Mexican drug cartels are ruthless and a lot of money is involved. Interesting to note about this cartel is that they have a religious twist and claim their dealers don't do the drugs they traffic.
Kind of like that woman I saw selling crack at Surrey Central for the Hells Angels who said "I don't smoke the shit, I just sell it." Somehow I don't see that as any more noble. They are willing to exploit addicts but smart enough not to become one.
Seemingly La Familia started in the /80's as a group of vigilantes set up to fight kidnappers and drug cartels only to become ones themselves: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Familia_Michoacana_(drug_cartel))
Clearly that is a good example of what happens when you take the law into your own hands. It's hard to understand how a group of people united to fight against a particular type of oppression end up becoming the exact same as the original oppressors they were set up to combat. We see it all the time but I have a hard time comprehending why that transformation happens. Absolute power corrupts...