Arrests Should Boost U.S.-Mexico Cooperation Against Drug Trafficking
The recent U.S. arrests of former Mexican ministers of defense and public security on drug trafficking charges are an opportunity to boost the fight against cross-border crime groups.
Those charged are innocent until proven guilty, but such arrests and judicial proceedings against official corruption are blows to the criminal groups receiving protection.
In the case of U.S.-Mexico cooperation, these criminal proceedings should spark the governments to adopt improved oversight mechanisms to vet officials against the criminal groups smuggling massive amounts of drugs, arms and money between the two countries.
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