In 2010 there was the jail break at Bordelais correctional centre, St Lucia where two Venezuelan drug traffickers made their dramatic exit from the facility and from St Lucia with impunity. Then in 2014 there was the jail break at the facility in Haiti newly built by the Canadian government in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake where drug traffickers escaped and are still free. On October 24, 2014 the Najayo prison in the Dominican Republic was attacked externally by armed men and internally by armed inmates resulting in the death of four and injury to 14 but the attempted jail break was a failure. Najayo prison is the facility that houses a significant majority of persons incarcerated for crimes linked to the thriving illicit drug trade of the Dominican Republic including murders. This attack is then a message sent. Pax Mexicana is therefore sending a loud message that the ramshackle, overcrowded prisons of the Caribbean with their suspect managers will not hold them. This message applies only to those countries that do arrest players in this business as most do not in the Caribbean. In July 2014 Ramon Cervantes Sr of Orange Walk, Belize was kidnapped and murdered. The alleged mastermind of the crime was named as Manual Castillo who at this time is on the run. The family of Ramon Cervantes made public a tape recording of a conversation with allegedly Manual Castillo who insisted that a Mexican gang, a politician and eight members of the Belize police were the ones responsible for the death of Cervantes. In the tape recording supposedly Castillo states that he was given the contract to kill Cervantes but he refused. In the scheme of things Manual Castillo is marked for death for a variety of reasons. A sicario cannot refuse to carry out an order and live. Reads and smells like Juarez, Mexico. The first batch of links deal with the jailbreaks and prison life in Antigua and Barbuda whilst the second deals with Belize.
November 19, 2014 What is perhaps the most potent instance to-date of the rapid evolution of the Caribbean illicit drug trade was reported from Gatwick airport, UK. The rope used to secure a pallet of air cargo from Jamaica was found to contain cocaine at its core. The rope was woven around the core of cocaine in keeping with the methodology of the most sophisticated and effective method of smuggling cocaine termed the darkness in the business. Every single piece of cordage from the Caribbean is now under suspicion. Another brick in the wall of the tsunami of product emanating from the Caribbean. The other link reports on the interdiction of cocaine in a suitcase from Trinidad at JFK, New York.
I have described the agenda that is being executed on the ground and one can if one wants to see the hand that is pulling the strings. What is apparent is that the Minister of National Security and the First Division of the T&T Police Service are at best in acute denial or at worst are pursuing a strategy of response that is driven by the need to win votes in the short term. The reality is that what is now needed and necessary to address the present security crisis of T&T is perceived as not flowing in accord with the politics of race and the politics of race trumps our nation’s security. Then the response to the agenda being implemented on the ground is to focus of the foot soldiers of the agenda whilst the illicit drugs and gun trades that is driving the agenda remains untouched. You are dealing with the skin lesions whilst the disease attacks and destroys the organs of the state. Do you think that the persons pulling the strings live in the so-called “hot spots”? The so-called “hot spots” are in fact the fall guys of the game being played by the TTPS and the politicians as they are supposed to be the criminogenic repositories of Trinidad from which the crime disease flows from infecting the rest of T&T. For refusing to become integrated into the illicit/licit state order of T&T by accepting the place allocated to them in the social order these “hot spots” will then pay with the blood of their inhabitants. Remember in T&T we don’t shoot down the drug traffickers and illicit gun sellers who are decent, respectable and upstanding citizens we don’t even arrest them we shoot those at the end of the business chain in the “hot spots”. Remember in T&T we don’t shoot down the apex of the gangster structure that still live in the “hot spots” many now commute to work we shoot down their go fors, car washers and doubles boys. Never forget that the war in the “hot spots” has a race veneer to it especially in an election year. Fear of a black planet. Into this maelstrom now steps the Minister of National Security with his relentless mouthing of his belief in something called “broken windows theory”. Mouthed by Wilson etc in 1982 it is supposed to be a theory on policing for the USA and supposedly embraced and utilised by Bratton in New York City. This is but another example of grabbing US agendas clothed in a US academic criminological paradigm and hoping to apply it to realities in T&T. T&T is as state located in the Caribbean illicit drug transition zone where the state has been compromised by illicit trafficking this reality alone demands a paradigm of policing rooted in this reality. Wilson etc did not write for our reality they know nothing of our reality and care nothing for our reality. The Minister should learn the reality that Bratton knows nothing about policing in a drug transition zone state because he has never run a police service in a drug transition zone state. In service to the US why didn’t Bratton take over the police service of Puerto Rico which collapsed under the assault of the Puerto Rican drug trade forcing the US Federal government to intervene and set about the task of re-branding, re-building the Puerto Rico police department. The lesson for T&T is that the police department of the largest expanse of US territory in the Caribbean drug transition zone has collapsed. And the police department of the US Virgin Island is also under intense pressure. New York City is not in the Caribbean drug transition zone policing in New York is simply not relevant to our reality. The Minister must now forget Bratton and go to Puerto Rico and see the policing crisis in US territory in living colour then ask what are they doing to fix the problem. There is where the lessons lie not on Broadway. The Minister must also understand that academic criminologists knows nothing of our reality because they don’t pursue field work that can result in their death hence their paltry understanding of the illicit trades of the Caribbean. Academic criminologists intend to be alive, well off and irrelevant that is their survival strategy. They are then masters at faking it and a whole structure of faking it has evolved to trap grant money and consultancies. They simply sing the song the piper is paying for. They are then part of the problem not the solution as they feed off the misery of our peoples as corbeaux. In 1978 I got into the criminology game instructed by Kenneth Pryce and from the outset my choice was to understand the illicit trades making me a observer but never an academic criminologist. In fact what is a criminologist? The link above is to Wilson etc on broken windows.
Writing about a reality I am trapped in knowing fully well that there will be no change for the better forces one to retreat into silence whilst you review your alternatives and escape routes out of here. At my age the vision of economic migration is now dead and the work that was put down on my PhD at UWI, St Augustine was a lesson in my powerless as the old colonial structure termed the Royal Charter shields UWI from High Court action. In 2014 a citizen of T&T, a student of UWI cannot in the case of discrimination in the process of the award of a degree seek out redress in the High Court of T&T yet that same institution wants TT 1 billion of T&T tax payer dollars to run its annual affairs. In a social order where the licit order is driven by illicit acts committed with impunity by those who are supposed to be under the rule of law the illicit order infiltrates the licit order and eventually overthrows the licit order. Remember this is not corruption this is a state of illicit impunity by those charged with the rule of law and they are simply knocked over by an illicit force more powerful than they are. This is Guyana today and the force is the Mexican cartels with T&T next.
Guyana in the 1990s became a site for illicit drug labs as coca paste was flown in and turned into cocaine hydrochloride. This operation was under the control of the Colombian and Venezuelan trafficking organisations. The Guyanese hinterland belonged to these organisations with cocaine moving out of Guyana to Suriname and into Venezuela, Brazil and French Guiana. With the erection of the Lethem bridge that connects Guyana to Brazil the volume of traffic into Brazil exploded. The volume of product to be trafficked and the chronically underdeveloped nature of the Guyanese transport system and its international connections led to the frantic involvement of all sectors of the social order in trafficking. Every single mode of transport Guyana possessed was placed under the trafficking regime. Hence you will see in the links provided the case of the Guyanese trawler interdicted off Ghana loaded with cocaine from Guyana bound for Ghana note the composition of the crew and understand the reason for the flow of persons from West Africa to the Caribbean today. Most importantly look at the first link listed and note the evidence for the link that presently exists in Guyana between Italian-American crime families, Italian organised crime, Mexican cartels and Mexican cartel operations in Guyana. There are Mexican cartel operations in Guyana sending cocaine from Guyana to the world utilising Guyanese made products. soon, if it is not happening already partners in Guyanese businesses not known before will begin appearing especially in those producing products worthy of export and in the gold and diamond fields of Guyana. Already Guyana is the most intense trafficking point in Caribbean given the size of its economy and its chronic underdevelopment. To understand the depth of the wave of trafficking that has swept the Guyanese social order note the link on the deaths arising from ingesting SSS tonic. The strategy to flood Brazil with product has then saturated Guyana with product available for transport and this is the deliberate strategy of the Mexican cartels controlling the business in Guyana today. This industry has exploded whilst the Guyanese politicians live in a 1960s time warp making Guyana the best investment to-date for the Mexican cartels in the Caribbean but it is now faced with serious limitations. Guyana presents an international trafficking bottle-neck to the Mexicans cartels given the poor international linkages of Guyana to world trade routes. With all that product to move Trinidad beckons as the lighthouse on the darkest night. T&T has everything Guyana does not have and the linkages between the two abound. Creating an export point in T&T is then necessary for the success of the Mexican cartels venture in Guyana. To understand the depth of the Mexican cartels investment in Guyana note that ganja fields raided by the police are 30 to 50 acres in expanse. Now imagine the size of cartel ganja fields? Pax Mexicana.
The Gerrit Schotte former Prime Minister of Curacao investigation presently underway raises once again the spectre of the power political financiers wield over Caribbean politicians and the political devastation wrought by political financiers on Caribbean formal democratic politics. In Curacao as in Guyana with the case of Shahid Roger Khan the example is extreme and a lesson for all of us. The Curacao electoral system forces the formation of coalitions in order to create an executive from the legislature. Schotte became PM because Wiels as leader of the PS party backed Schotte for the post. Wiels insisted that the parties that represented the interests of the traditional ruling elites of Curacao must now be removed from state power. Wiels subsequently withdrew his support for the Schotte government triggering a general election and then refused to form a coalition with Schotte effectively placing Schotte in the wilderness of opposition politics. Today Wiels is dead shot down on a public beach in broad daylight with witnesses in plain sight: message sent. One of those accused of the Wiels assassination would then hang himself by the neck until dead in the police cells whilst in police custody. Message sent. From the first week of the Schotte government the aim and intent of this government became clear as the head of the intelligence service was without reason given fired from the job. Subsequently it was revealed in the public domain that the issue was the requisite security background check produced by the head of the intelligence service which spoke of shady characters linked to members of government including one shady person with reputed links to the Sicilian Cosa Nostra according to the Italian Judicial Police. The war with the intelligence service eventually led to a plunder of the files of the service in a bid to politically destroy the service whilst making available existing resources of the service to those who needed to know. Intelligence as booty for sale. Political financiers feed off state expenditure, no spending no opportunity to plunder the treasury. The Shotte government spent until the state of Curacao was insolvent whilst the entire state structure fell into disrepair and disuse. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the attempt to create a position of power within the central bank for an individual the Italian Judicial Police would and still is insisting is an affiliate of the Cosa Nostra. Schotte insists he is a decent, respectable upstanding citizen and was never involved in political alliances with shady characters and continues to do so. Politicians live in a world built on denial eventually they all end up permanently delusional better yet having multiple personalities. The lesson learnt is that in the Caribbean political financiers are bottom feeders driven by the lust for social dominance but they lack the means to challenge the entrenched ruling elites. Financing a politician is then a gamble to overcome a wall that they cannot in themselves overcome in their rant for social power. They are therefore driven, ill-disciplined, short sighted and viciously greedy hence their ability to form alliances with politicians locked out of state power. Once state power is attained political financiers care little for the concept of re-election they therefore run riot and their political allies believe that it is only as the election bell rings the image needs re-making. The first three to four years of the term is feeding time. So we are delivering to you so long denied and discriminated against must be translated only with delivery can we plunder so we deliver/plunder where it will reap us the most votes. But the political financiers of the Caribbean are now showing their willingness to destroy the state and the very political allies they funded. When you want to use the central bank as your personal bank to wash illicit money and to plunder this bank in your greed you are threatening the interests of the entrenched elites and the world capitalist order and they will bring you down. Worse yet you are threatening the interests of the Mexican cartels in these islands because the illicit trades must have properly functioning licit structures to wash the proceeds of these trades through and place them in the licit domains of world capitalism. These bottom feeders then pose grave threats to the interests of the Mexican cartels and will be dealt with in the Mexican way and so will be their political allies. A price will now be paid for unleashing these blood suckers on Caribbean economies. Visualise this scenario: A Mexican cartel is utilising the services of a Caribbean financial institution to wash its proceeds. A political financier decides to target and shake down this institution for an unsecured loan which will never be re-paid in order to finance a bogus tourism project. The money lent is stashed in a US bank. The bank goes into difficulty, the US Federals enter and Mexican cartel money is uncovered in the brew. What do you think happens next?
A photo of Don Nico precedes this post. A public version of the beaching of the ship for public consumption has long been released but let’s look at an alternate reality. Ships built as the Don Nico are the bread and butter of the trafficking of illicit drugs from the Latin American mainland to the Caribbean island chain. They are either used to make deliveries to countries or to meet another form of transport on the high seas and transfer the cargo. A ship as designed as Don Nico will at minimum be loaded with 5 metric tonnes of cocaine or 5,000 kilos bricks packed in bales ranging from 23 to 27 kilos per bale. Ships as this don’t deal in petty loads as 25 kilos etc this is a big time vessel. The Mexican cartels whenever they make a run into a trafficking zone they simply discard the ship or aeroplane used to move the product. The possibility exists that soon the spaces of T&T will be littered with discarded drug transports. The next reality is that metric tonnes of product moved into T&T means metric tonnes leaving via all and every avenue for export from mules and swallowers to containerised cargo to the commodity exports of the energy sector. A simple beached ship can in fact point to apocalypse.
Basdeo now repeatedly insists that the politics of race is the driving force of electoral politics of T&T but after interaction with politicians of T&T and the deconstruction of their public speeches I have learnt two realities: politicians in T&T utilise a discourse of racist hegemony which they believe will grant them the voter mobilisation and support needed not only to win general elections continuously but also to maintain support during their five year term of office. The discourse of racist hegemony insists that you vote for a particular political party to deny your enemy race control of the state. The state is then the prize that is your reward with electoral victory. You therefore ethnic cleanse the state whilst plundering it. In T&T as a result of the politics of racist hegemony a political worldview has developed where control of the state and its resources is an entitlement and the plunder of the state is a right. In this worldview there is no reason of state, no concept of the hegemonic state in fact there is no worship of the state and acceptance of the task of protecting the hegemony of the state against all challengers. The second reality I have learnt over the years is that politicians in T&T who view the world through the lenses of the politics of race cannot perceive the crime reality on the ground much less devise effective interventions. When they view the landscape of crime in T&T all they see are the race of the victims juxtaposed against the race of the perpetrators. The young African urban male in a three-quarter pants slung low down from the waist with a tank top is the perpetrator archetype and the victim is a decent, respectable and law abiding citizen and for political mobilisation purposes an Indian. One is the savage beast, predator, the ever present threat the other is the supreme victim whose duty it is to vote back into power the party that will protect the victim and liberate the victim from the threat of the savage beast as their fangs will be pulled out. The most recent discourse unleashed is that the present wave of crime in Central is the result of the migration of the threat from the urban areas to Central translated: the savage beast is now loose amongst us. But as usual the discourse cannot mesh with the reality on the ground hence the solutions applied will escalate the crime wave rather than shatter it. What of the Indians commencing in the 1960″ who began importing Colombian compressed ganja and mandrax through the swamps of Central and proceeded to sell these illicit products in the East /West corridor? Then came the cocaine, guns and ammunition which were then sold in the East/West corridor? What about all the mules and swallowers recruited from the East/West corridor who have made jail, still in jail and have died from transporting product supplied by the victim race? What about all the women transported through the swamps of central who are sex workers? What about those transported and offered for sale in Central? The politics of race refuses to see and cannot act on the criminal enterprises that that have grown and exploded in size and scale in Central since the 1960’s. Who is it who hired African foot soldiers from the East/west corridor to collect illicit debts by any means necessary for them thereby resulting in the footsoldiers going out on their own in an orgy of mayhem even grabbing their original benefactors? The crime families of Central! The great myth is that after Dole there was only decent and respectable people left Dole was the blot on the race. In 2014 there is a new order that is being put in place on the ground and it is Central turn now. This is the Mexican order as their affiliates on a daily basis erect the new order on the ground and their affiliates are not only from the urban areas of Trinidad, there are those from Central and those from areas external of T&T. Let the politicians fix this. I warned the powers that be of the arrival of the Mexican cartels in T&T long before I went public and I also warned of the crime wave that will sweep over the landscape south of the Caroni to the Guaracara river. The gravest tragedy of my life is to be trapped in T&T watching this long foreseen apocalypse wash over this land and I will not wrap a spliff, take two pull and pass out. That have to be Jamaica white ice which wholesales for at minimum USD6,000 per pound in Manhattan. For those interested in the discourse of racist hegemony see my book: “The politics of racist hegemony in T&T” available in e-book and dinosaur hard copy online etc.
The North Atlantic hand wringing on Boko Haraam is expected as is the political denial speak where the mantra now is that Boko Haraam is an affiliate of Al Qaeda but the central question is what is Al Qaeda today but a hollow brand invented by the West to serve some geopolitical agenda and the surveillance state of the 21st century. Al Qaeda today is a hollow brand for various reasons but one of the most potent assaults on the brand of Al Qaeda today is the rise to power in specific operational spaces of the Takfiri movement. Takfiris insist that they wage WAR on the munafiqun/munfique or hypocrite/hypocrites of Islam and the kufr/unbelievers external of Islam. Takfiris teach that in waging war all and every strategy necessary to victory must be utilised even though they breach the moral imperatives of Islam. Takfiris then suspend the moral imperatives of Islam that distinguish Islam from all other belief systems of the world in order to defeat the enemies of Islam both internal and external. Takfiris are then anarchists who believe that war is necessary to trigger the grand end time apocalypse where the earth and its fullness thereof will be the inheritance of Muslims who made war. The most powerful takfiri organisation in the field today is ISIS/ the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria and in every part of the world where there is war waged between Muslims and non-Muslims the takfiri presence and power is growing. The most potent lesson of takfiri assault is the Madrid train bombings of 2004 where the public face of the operation was a drug trafficker, wholesaler/retailer, ate pork, drank alcohol,never visited the Masjid and lived the thug life most noted for his leather outfits, motor cycles and the pinion riders. This was one of the individuals who blew himself up in the apartment when capture was imminent. Note carefully the Boston marathon bombing. The present incarnation of Boko Haraam is a takfiri defined organisation forget the Al Qaeda designation. Takfiris kill Al Qaeda operatives as we kill cockroaches whenever the takfiris are in a position of dominance as Boko Haraam certainly is in their operational space. Boko Haraam’s strategy is to provoke the great sectarian apocalypse of Nigeria setting fire to the tinderbox that already caught fire with the Biafran genocide. In this grand design the traditional ruling Muslim elite of Nigeria is the prime target of Boko Haraam as they are viewed as the munafique of the Nigerian ummah/ body of Islamic believers hence worthy of elimination by any means necessary. And the Ansaru organisation agrees with Boko Haraam on this. The traditional Muslim elite has already shown their willingness to pay the protection money, toe the line and hope they avoid the apocalypse. The fundamental question is where is the funding coming from that has resulted in a quantum jump in the military capacity of Boko Haraam. The answer is simple: the illicit drug trade through the Sahel, then the Sahara to North Africa then Italy. The Ngrangheta of Italy the most powerful player in the cocaine trade into Europe with its Mexican cartel allies set about the tack of creating a new route to move cocaine into Italy. The Ngrangheta wanted a route that by-passed the traditional European routes through Spain, the Netherlands etc. The Ndrangheta wanted a new direct route to Italy. The traditional smugglers of the Sahel and the Sahara of Africa were then roped into this new route eventually becoming the affiliates they are today. The main North African collection zone was Libya and with the removal of Gaddafi business is booming to such an extent that militias are locked in battles to dominate trafficking pipelines in Libya especially in the southern approaches to Libya. It is no coincidence that Boko Haraam controls the jump off points into the Sahel in northern Nigeria and this applies also to the Cameroon. The militias who control the jump off points to the Sahel from West Africa have then a grand alliance with reciprocal exchanges of resource both human and material. The illicit drug trade has resulted in the evolution of these Islamic movements in a manner that would not have happened in the absence of the illicit drug trade. The illicit drug trade in West Africa has been the nitrous oxide applied to the Islamic insurgency of West Africa resulting in the growing strength of the Takfiris on the ground. The Takfiris will eventually eliminate the Al Qaeda brand on the ground as they are doing in Syria and in its place the brand of amoral anarchy will be presented to the world. Yes I am Muslim.
Click the link above and learn that the Commander of US Southcom was in T&T on May 6, 2014. One must wonder what was the context of the discussion in light of the assassination of May 4, 2014.
There can be no understanding of the strategic plan of the Mexican cartels for the Caribbean Basin without an understanding of the primary position Brazil enjoys in these strategic plans. Whilst the North Atlantic and Europe are viewed as consuming markets for various illicit products Brazil is the perfect storm for the Mexican cartels. Brazil encompasses the potential to be a viable, expansive, retail market for illicit products whilst being a major trafficking point for placing product into Africa and Asia. Already in 2014 Brazil is the largest consumer of crack cocaine in the world surpassing the US. In Brazil today the retailing of illicit drugs has outgrown the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo and the old imagery of drug gangs exercising hegemony over favelas is dated imagery that does not reflect the reality on the ground as drug retail points are now common in areas external of the favelas. The reality is that cocaine produced in Peru and Bolivia are placed on the tributaries that feed into the Amazon river eventually flowing down the Amazon into Brazil. In the human settlements along this riverine highway all the signs of a potent and expansive illicit drug trade are legion including endemic illicit drug use and it is common to see drug paraphernalia strewn along the river banks. From Brazil the product is blended into the range of exports especially commodity exports from Brazil to the world. Using Brazil’s air transport links to Africa swallowers, mules and swallowers/mules move product from Brazil to South Africa, West Africa and East Africa. Flights of aircraft loaded with illicit drugs leave Brazil for Africa as do ships of various types and capacity. This pipeline from Brazil to Africa is connected to the pipeline to Asia. Brazil today is the fastest growing trafficking point from the Western Hemisphere to the world and the largest to Africa and Asia. Brazil is also the fastest growing illicit drug market today in the Western Hemisphere. This is the perfect storm created by the deliberate strategic actions of the Mexican cartels. Brazil is then the primary operational theatre of the Mexican cartels in the 21st century and in their pursuit of hegemony in Brazil the Mexican cartels are impacting CARICOM in another fundamental way by absorbing Guyana and Suriname into the Brazilian agenda. The hegemony of Mexican cartels over Guyana and Suriname is today fact, reality. When in Guyana four persons die as a result of drinking a tonic laced with dissolved cocaine what is more graphic than that as an indicator of the depth of drug trafficking that pervades the social order. The Mexican cartels are then erecting their order in Brazil and already the signs of this order is apparent but the reality is that the trafficking structures are in place and operationally ready for the big push. This big push will involve drug manufacturing sites situated in Brazil to feed the trafficking pipelines and provide high quality, cheaper product for the Brazilian retail markets. In this phase the order of gangland and ex-military affiliates with become openly apparent. This reality will all wash back on the Caribbean and Brazil will become a major destination for persons from the Caribbean on the move whilst the affiliates of the Mexican cartels from the Caribbean will operate Brazilian branches. Transnational Caribbean crime on a grand scale. A significant portion of illicit small arms will then originate from Brazil as it floods the Caribbean already this change in supply is apparent on the ground. Pax Mexicana.
Click on the link above and note the illicit trade in natural resources by a cartel that is the spawn of Los Zetas.
The most disturbing development today that has me in a state of involuntary release of waste liquid when my prostrate permits is the strategy of the Mexican cartels to establish offshore illicit drug manufacturing facilities on an industrial scale. Industrial scale facilities to produce methamphetmine have been repeatedly found in Guatemala and in response to this offshore manufacturing activity in Guatemala Belize has now been drawn into the supply network for precursor chemicals imported from Asia and the for the export of product as a result Belize is now experiencing a wave of gun violence that has no end. The Mexican cartels are now moving coca paste from the producing countries to offshore sites for the production of powdered cocaine already industrial scale plants have been repeatedly found in Venezuela especially in the states bordering Colombia such as Apure, Zulia and Baranas. This is the primary reason for the concerted and unceasing assault upon the state as the Mexican cartels and their Colombian affiliates as Los Urabenos moved to control these states since the era of Hugo Chavez. In the Dominican Republic industrial scale cocaine production facilities are also discovered which indicate that Mexican cartel drug production facilities are now operating in the Caribbean island chain. The Caribbean island chain can then expect cocaine and methamphetamine production facilities which have to be protected and the Mexican cartel policy on protection for their strategic interests is hegemony over the state by any means necessary. In the Caribbean states don’t have the resources and the political will to engage with the Mexican cartels towards resisting the move to coerce the state. Those countries that consume the products of the Mexican cartels will leave us in the lurch as they have always done. Faced with this threat the call for the end to prohibition and legalisation grows louder in the consuming nations but politicians in the Caribbean actually hold on to the delusion that to abandon the war on drugs invites the wrath of the hegemon to the North west but the hegemon has publicly indicated that faced with the threat of the hegemon from the West of the Caribbean basin we are on our own as they fixating on the threat from China. In the space created by political denial the Caribbean is now the playground of the Mexican cartels. In this scenario T&T is the plum to be picked. Remember methanol is a precursor for the manufacture of methamphetamine and meth/ice is the primary drug of choice of the Mexican cartels. Cocaine is third on the list after heroin. Pax Mexicana
The link listed above gives one interpretation of the assassination of the US consulate worker in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico click and learn.
The Mexican order that now dominates illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean is now impacting the licit economy of T&T today right now. Under the Colombian order commencing in the decade of the 1990’s product was wholesaled to any and every buyer given a recommendation from a trusted source and persons who supplied goods and services to Colombian cartels both production and trafficking were paid with product. Because of these realities T&T developed the 6, 12 and 25 kilos traffickers who sourced their product from both markets. The Mexican cartels have now indicated that they don’t sell product to their competitors, they don’t pay with product for goods and services supplied and there is a strict rule that all suppliers of goods and services must be affiliates and they are franchise holders not workers. The 6, 12 and 25 kilos boys are now being squeezed out of the game with the cartel affiliates poised to fill the void. A whole layer of the licit economy that is rooted in this illicit economy is now up for grabs as man is scrambling looking for alternate supplies and the price is going up. The writing is on the wall because how can you put product into Europe and North America with the Mexican cartels holding the power to deny entry to these markets as they are gate keepers in alliance with transnational organised crime as the Ndrangheta. Some reading the writing on the wall are now hunting hard currency to create their escape abroad stash whilst others are dreaming dreams of resisting the inevitable. Need more armoured vehicles! The next stop in this migration up the T&T food chain is the locally resident trafficker that moves product by the metric tonne loads. These decent and respectable, upstanding citizens are already under pressure and between the Mexican cartels and FATCA the future is not as rosy as that of their days of glory under the Colombian order. But don’t worry we now need armoured vehicles to enter hot spots and soon to follow robocops will be deployed with drones flying the sky. This is the response of a government in deep panic over its re-election chances and it can only visualise militaristic interventions to deter incidents that they deem are negative impacts on re-election. They don’t deal with the organism that has invaded the social order they only deal with the supposed soft targets that are the symptoms of the invading organism. Just place enough plasters to win again but then what? State power is then a personal addiction.
A word of warning to the leadership of the PNM. Do not delude yourselves into believing that you will re-apply the Manning paradigm for tackling crime with success today in T&T. The Manning paradigm was informed by an approximation of T&T reality that was dated, passe already when it was formulated. It focused only on the small players and the gang players which left the invading organism intact. Most important that dated dinosaur paradigm cannot visualise the reality today of the order of the Mexican cartels. If the PNM wants to be relevant it has then to create a new paradigm rooted in the present realities on the ground in the Caribbean and T&T today, right now.