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May 28, 2001

Narco News 2001

Legalization Proposed

in Mexican Congress!

Rep. Gregorio Urías (PRD-Sinaloa) Calls for

Latin American Nations to Unite

Against "U.S.-Imposed Drug Policy"

and to "Break the Spinal Column" of the Narco

A Narco News Global Alert

Translated by The Narco News Bulletin

from the Notimex news agency, May 28, 2001

Congressman Gregorio Urias German of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) says it is necessary to advance toward the legalization of some drugs so that they stop being the object of exorbitant enrichment that, in Mexico alone, he confirmed, creates proficts of nearly $30 billion dollars (U.S.) a year.

In a report, the PRD legislator said that Mexico and all of Latin America must advance strategies to "break the spinal column of drug trafficking, since the policies imposed by the United States have shown to be a rotund failure."

In the text, titled, "An Informed Vision to Confront Drug Trafficking," Urias said that the United States anti-drug policy has been converted into an instrument of espionage, subordination and interference that harms the sovereignty of nations.

The problem of drug trafficking in Latin America, he stressed, affects the stability and integrity of institutions, and that's why alternative visions must be discussed in a scientific manner to end the myths, taboos and dark postures surrounding this social phenomenon.

The federal congress member specified that the decriminalization of some drugs is necessary to fully deactivate the black market in drugs, the exorbitant profits of this traffic and te network of complicity between police, narco-traffickers and officials.

As an example, he said that a kilogram of cocaine made in Colombia costs $1,500 dollars, but that transported to any United States city its price raises to nearly $30,000 dollars, and if it is brought to Europe or Asia this price can triple.

The legislator from the state of Sinaloa indicated that these kinds of alternatives must be put forward to end the violence in Mexican and Latin American communities where the drugs are produced, because those towns and cities are destroyed by violence and vengance.

He said that the management of the theme by some governments and media outlets is hypocritical. What is required is to demythologize the life of the narco-trafficker, stop apologizing for the crime, and evolve beyond yellow journalism stories about police, a strategy used by the United States to discredit, blackmail, pressure and make other governments and countries submit.

In his report, elaborated at the end of April of 2001, the PRD congressman said that the Mexican people face imminent risk that this situation drifts into a status known as a Narco-State due to the application of conflicted strategies interested in strengthening organized crime and political and economic groups.

Urías Germán underlined that drug trafficking has penetrated institutions of the State and citd as examples the cases of General Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, the alleged connections of the Salinas de Gortari family with drug trafficking and the case of the ex-governor of Quintana Roo, Mario Villanueva.

He said that the political democratic transition of the country is at risk if the current strategies to combat drug trafficking together with Latin America are not changed.

Breaking the Spinal Column of Censorship