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Turns Out The Worst Punishment For Cartel Members Isn’t Prison, It’s Forcing Them To Wear Lingerie

After watching Mexican cartels terrorize Mexico, a Mexican marine isn’t letting them face the justice system without taking matters into his own hands — by shaming them with sexy lingerie.

Lingerie. En serio.

Erick Morales Guevara, also known as “The Hammer,”  “El Marino Loko” or “Señor Thor,” was so fed up with everything the cartels were getting away with that he struck back by humiliating cartel members, ordering his captures to wear lacy outfits and, on occasion, kiss each other.

Because Mexican men can be extremely macho, having their picture taken while wearing a lacy top is probably even more embarrassing than actually being captured by the authorities. Breitbart published the picture of a masked Señor Thor next to a captured man flaunting a black eye to match the nighty.

But his doings have not gone unnoticed by the cartel. After a raid of a property owned by Silvestre “El Chive” Haro Rodríguez, leader of the Gulf Cartel in Tampico — where the marine defaced a picture of the leader’s father and tampered with his ashes — the cartel put up banners claiming Morales Guevara was under their payroll.

However, Mexican authorities have moved the marine to another part of the country where they say “he is currently ‘having fun’ in the Mexican state of Michoacán, where he continues to capture and cross-dress his victims.” Payback’s a b*tch.

Watch the clip below and read more about this courageous marine here.

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READ: By Day He Herds Cattle and Moonlights as a Cartel Killer

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The U.S.-Mexico Border Closure Is Having A Huge Impact On Cartels But How Long Will It Last?

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The U.S.-Mexico Border Closure Is Having A Huge Impact On Cartels But How Long Will It Last?

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In March, authorities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border agreed to close down the world’s most busy international frontier to non-essential travel. Traffic in both directions has been restricted – meaning unless you have a very important reason to cross the border, you’re not getting across.

This has had a major impact on trade and the economy, as well as families who can no longer cross to visit one another. But one lesser thought of repercussion of the border closure has been its profound impact on the cartels and the drug trade.

From growers to dealers, the Coronavirus has upended the drug trade between the two countries.

With all non-essential travel between Mexico and the United States currently banned due to the Coronavirus pandemic, businesses are hurting – including the business of drug dealing. The pandemic has closed borders and severed supply chains and is creating headaches for smugglers.

Date from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agency show that from February to March, as the United States began to impose strict travel restrictions in the face of the growing Covid-19 outbreak, seizures of drugs and cash dropped substantially, as did the rate of human trafficking.

Seizures of cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine and heroin all decreased, while confiscations of marijuana rose slightly. The four harder drugs, whose movement appears to have been seriously affected, represent the bulk of sales for the drug cartels.

In March, the two governments beefed up security along the border – making it harder for cartels to operate.

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In March, as the pandemic began to seriously affect the United States and Mexico, the Pentagon deployed 500 additional troops to reinforce the more than 20,000 Border Patrol officers on the frontier.

This beefed-up military presence and the decrease in automobile traffic entering the United States lowered the number of drug mules smuggling contraband north, since it’s not as easy for cartels to hide their shipments.

Acting administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Uttam Dhillon, told Business Insider they’ve already noticed an impact on the black market.

“We’re seeing those disruptions on the dark web. Websites that sell illegal drugs, those websites are either shutting down or they’re delaying deliveries.

The cartels are also having a though time sourcing the materials they need to manufacture drugs.

Cartels have been struggling to deliver drugs like methamphetamine, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids because the precursors used to cook them came from China.

“Since coronavirus hit, and of course, Wuhan is the epicenter, they have had a total lockdown in the city and it’s been a lot harder to get these chemicals out of Wuhan. And, as a result, the Mexican cartels haven’t been able to get the supply that they would like to have,” Ben Westhoff, the author of the book “Fentanyl, Inc,” told Fox News.

Cartels have proven themselves to be adaptable in the past so this downturn isn’t expected to last long.

Latin America is the epicenter of a global drugs trade that is estimated to be worth up to $650 billion a year. The cartels make hug profits producing and transporting illicit drugs across the world. However, the U.S.-Mexico border is one of the most profitable drug routes – meaning the pandemic is seriously having an impact on cartel’s bottom line.

The disruptions are likely to be short-lived. Cartels have proven adept at surmounting any obstacles. The pandemic will eventually ease, trade routes will open, customers and dealers will come out of their homes.

Still, coronavirus has managed to do what authorities worldwide have not: Slow the global narcotics juggernaut almost overnight and inflict a measure of pain on all who participate.

Mexico’s Drug Violence is Only Getting Worse During the Coronavirus Pandemic and It Doesn’t Show Signs of Stopping

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Mexico’s Drug Violence is Only Getting Worse During the Coronavirus Pandemic and It Doesn’t Show Signs of Stopping

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As much of the world stays indoors to combat the pandemic, crime has fallen drastically in many places. In Chicago, drug arrests have dropped by 42% in the weeks since the city shut down, the Associated Press reports, while in Los Angeles, the rate of key crimes plummeted 30% after March 15. There are similar reports coming out of cities from across Latin America.

Unfortunately, the drop in violence hasn’t occurred in Mexico – a country that recorded its deadliest month ever in March (not counting the deaths caused by Coronavirus). While many Mexicans have followed the strict social-distancing guidelines promoted by the government, this hasn’t translated to a drop in crime.

Violent crime reached record highs across Mexico in March.

March was one of the deadliest months in Mexico’s modern history – and it wasn’t because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Drug-related violence continues to rage out of control across much of the country, suggesting that coronavirus-related social distancing measures were not enough to curb the violence. Other countries in the region saw a sudden fall in crime as the virus spread.

The country saw 2,585 murders in March, an average of around 83 per day, according to data on victims reported by state prosecutors and the federal government. That was the highest monthly number since June 2019. 

President Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who took office in December 2018, acknowledged on Friday that violence driven by organized crime had persisted in March, despite the government’s introduction of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, such as suspending classes and urging residents of the capital to stay home. 

“It seemed in late March, when the coronavirus had become more widespread, that we would have a considerable reduction (in violence),” he said during his regular morning news conference.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way.”

Violence has flared throughout the country, but it has been especially intense in the central state of Guanajuato.

In this central state, home to two major tourist attractions (the pueblos of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende), criminal groups have battled over lucrative territories rife with theft from oil and natural gas pipelines.

The bloodshed has hit shocking levels in the city of Ceyala – home to a major automotive manufacturing plant – with gunmen engaging security forces in shootouts, blockading streets and torching businesses.

Experts blame the growing violence on the recent crackdown by government forces against fuel theft. The crackdown has weakened local cartels and caused the powerful Jalisco New Generation cartel (CJNG) to move in and attempt to take its territory.

AMLO came into power on a platform of “Abrazos No Balazos” but many are doubting that as an effective strategy against the violence.

The president promised to solve Mexico’s security woes by tacking what he considered the root causes of crime: poverty and corruption. But the strategy has so far failed to rein in the violence.

In a statement to The Guardian, Francisco Rivas, director of the National Citizen Observatory, said “The [anti-crime] strategy isn’t a strategy. The national guard isn’t pulling its weight because building an institution is difficult and expensive. Budget cuts to public security have been brutal. These all have serious effects.”

Then AMLO stirred up even more controversy when he decided to visit the mother of drug kingpin, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán. He even broke social-distancing protocols by greeting her with a handshake. The president downplayed the meeting as little more than a courtesy to a mother who hasn’t seen her son in years.

Some Mexicans worry that coronavirus will only add to the likelihood that more and more of the nation will slip into lawlessness.

Billions of dollars are at stake as the economy winds down: Some tourist destinations, including Los Cabos, are closed temporarily because of coronavirus restrictions.

All-important remittances — money sent from migrants working in the U.S. back to their often-struggling families in Mexico — are being affected. Remittances reached an estimated $35 billion in 2019, or about 2.7% of total GDP, and they are expected to decline by at least 10 percent this year. Plummeting oil prices are a factor, too.

Meanwhile, crime rates rise.

“As millions of Mexicans lose their incomes, as kids potentially lose their parents, the social fabric will further fray,” said Shannon O’Neil, a senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan foreign-policy think tank and author of Two Nations Indivisible. “The same goes for police forces and the national guard, if members fall ill. The combination may increase lawlessness in a country already teetering.”