Mexico, for its part, needs to reduce official corruption and organize its forces along the lines the U.S. does, such as a specialized border patrol and a customs agency with a broader mandate than monitoring trade, Mr. Bonner said in an exchange of e-mails.
“Border security is especially important to breaking the power and influence of the Mexican-based trafficking organizations,” Mr. Bonner said. “Despite vigorous efforts by both governments, huge volumes of illegal drugs still cross from Mexico.
“In turn, large quantities of weapons and cash generated from illegal drug sales flow south into Mexico, which makes these criminal organizations more powerful and able to corrupt government institutions,” he said.
Mr. Bonner, a former federal judge who also headed the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) under the Republican administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, said the still-raging battle “will determine who controls the legitimate institutions of government.” Read more
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