New WOLA Report on Mexico's Military in the War on Drugs 4/25/03

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During President Vicente Fox's administration, the role of the Mexican military in counternarcotics activities has dramatically increased. Previously limited to eradicating illicit crops or intercepting drug shipments, the military is now directly involved in efforts to dismantle drug trafficking organizations, from tracking down cartel bosses to staging commando operations to detain them. The military has also penetrated civilian police and law enforcement institutions, with hundreds of military personnel assigned to the Attorney General's Office and thousands more serving in the Federal Preventive Police.

A new report from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), "Mexico's Military in the War on Drugs," written by WOLA consultant Jorge Luis Sierra for the WOLA "Drugs, Democracy and Human Rights" project, describes how the US government has supported the Mexican military's expanded counternarcotics role. WOLA fears such militarization of law enforcement functions and institutions could undermine Mexico's transition to democracy.

Visit to download the complete document in PDF format, or in HTML at or (Spanish). To order a printed copy, call WOLA at (202) 797-2171 or visit to print out a form to mail in with a payment of $3.00 plus $1.50 shipping and handling.

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