Drug Enforcement Administration’s Administrator Michele M. Leonhart announced last week the signing of a new memorandum of cooperation (MOC) between the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Government of Mexico to aggressively address the business of methamphetamine production. Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibáñez and General Commissioner of the Mexican Federal Police Maribel Cervantes Guerrero made the announcement with Administrator Leonhart. Both organizations fail to address the demand for synthetic drugs by Americans and seem to focus mostly on the supply which is the same failed method for reducing drug use in America. The MOC amounts to nothing more than PR for each country to make it appear they are going to be more effective in the War on Drugs, when history has foretold that is not the case.
“With the majority of methamphetamine in the US being produced by Mexican drug organizations operating on both sides of the border, it is essential for our two countries to target the problem together,” Leonhart said. “This MOC enhances our intelligence sharing and joint training efforts, and is only possible due to the strong partnership with the Government of Mexico in attacking the meth scourge both countries unfortunately face.”
Mexico has been experiencing record drug related murders and rather than work to legalize these drugs both governments are relying on old models to solve the violence when history tells us this MOC will do nothing but increase the violence found in Mexico.
Mexico’s Attorney General Marisela Morales said, “Mexico and the United States are linked not only by economic, political and social bonds, but also by security and law enforcement issues.” The signing of the MOC “is an unprecedented event because both of our countries are signing the very first international instrument that will help fight the manufacturing of synthetic drugs in clandestine laboratories,” she said.
The General Commissioner of Mexico’s Federal Police Maribel Cervantes noted that “the recent increase in the production and consumption of designer drugs is both a security and a health problem that demands immediate attention by both governments. I am certain that the signing of this document will increase the institutional capacities of all of us to combat this problem more efficiently. The Mexican Federal Police will make every effort to increase timely coordination and exchange of information to build a common front against the illicit trade of design drugs.”
Mexico has experienced a dramatic increase in methamphetamine labs and precursor chemical seizures, nearly 1,000 percent between 2010 and 2011. This increase has led to a rise of methamphetamine seizures at the U.S. border. In 2011, Southwest border seizures of meth totaled 7,338 kilograms, more than twice the amount seized in 2009. The Department of State has set aside $12 million in Merida Initiative funding to support Mexican government efforts to enhance Mexico’s capacity to safely secure clan labs, gather evidence, and destroy chemical precursors. The seizures are a clear indication the nations are failing in their War on Drugs because they fail to address the simply law of Supply and Demand.