Mexican Mayors Admit Paying Cartels to Stay Alive

France24, February 8, 2013

A Mexican mayor was having breakfast with his wife in a restaurant when he was gunned down this week. To avoid a similar fate, mayors in the western state of Michoacan admit they must pay off drug cartels.

Wilfrido Flores Villa, interim mayor of the Michoacan town of Nahutzen, was the 31st mayor to be killed in Mexico since a spiral of drug-related violence began to engulf the nation in 2006.

“The lack of security has affected us. It is something that everybody knows about but doesn’t talk about, because we are afraid of facing organized crime,” said one of five mayors who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

“We have to pay them a tax,” the mayor said. “They don’t leave you a choice. As the saying goes, ‘either cooperate, or it’s your neck.’“

The gangs operating in Michoacan, where the Knights Templar cartel emerged, shake down everybody from the wealthy to the poor. They must all pay up to avoid being kidnapped or killed.


Gang members brazenly walk into city halls without warning to collect their extortion money, which amounts to around $800 per month.

This happens right under the nose of federal troops who have been deployed since 2006 to crack down on the country’s drug cartels.


In November, Maria Santos Gorrostieta, a former mayor in the Michoacan town of Tiquicheo, was found dead with signs of torture. She had survived two assassination attempts while she was in office from 2008-2011.

The mayor of the town of Inde in Durango said in November that officers from his own municipal force tried to kidnap him in an attack that left eight people dead.


But Vinicio Aguilera Garibay, a regional prosecutor in the state capital Morelia, said that paying money to gangs is a crime.

Mayors threatened by drug gangs have an obligation to file complaints with the authorities, as the money they give to the criminals comes from public coffers, he said.


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  • IstvanIN

    But Vinicio Aguilera Garibay, a regional prosecutor in the state capital Morelia, said that paying money to gangs is a crime. But you have no way of protecting them? And to think the Bushes think these people will make America stronger and more conservative. Ugh.

    • The__Bobster

      As we are finding out, their values don’t stop at the border.

    • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

      Enduring words from the 43rd president:

      “We are a nation of immigrants.”

      “We are a welcoming nation.”

      “Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande.”

      “Immigrants do jobs Americans won’t do.”

  • The__Bobster

    Where you have Mexicans, you have Mexico.

    These are the Dreamers that Obongo thinks are the future of America. Well, if they are, it’s a rather depressing future.

    • John

      I have a very serious question and I assure you, I am not attempting to be smug or funny. My question is simply this: What is the difference between drug cartels in Mexico extorting money from mayors by leveraging death threats against them and the U.S. government extorting money from U.S. citizens by leveraging death threats against us?

      Now, before anyone laughs, seriously consider exactly what would happen if you refused to cough up the taxes that the U.S. government claims that you owe under their “law”.

      Let me tell you precisely what would happen. Armed agents would come to your home and take the money from you by force. If you resist, they would kill you or worse. You see, it’s always a case of the most heavily-armed subjugating the less-armed. Regardless of whether we are talking about Mexican drug thugs or IRS agents, the conclusion is always the same; brutal tyranny and oppression at the hands of those with organized gall and superior firepower.

      Lest anyone make the argument that the difference is that we have a representative government and we are affored the right to vote for change, whereas that notion does not apply in the case of drug gangs in Mexico, let me ask, is that really the case anymore. Really? Think about it. The IRS, privately owned and operated by the owners of the world’s central banks, is composed of brutal gangsters, call them what you will. Pay up, or go down!

    • Jackryanvb

      It ain’t just Obama and half Black Lib Dems working to flood the USwith these brutal Mexican Cartels.

      Idiot, race denying Libertarian true believer Rand Paul is following in his insane, father Ron Paul’s footsteps pushing massive third world immigration on WhiteAmerica.

      Here’s Rand Paul”s treasonous immigration comments in his rebutle to Obama’s state of the Union Speech:

      “We’re the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity. Therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future. We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities. We must be the party that says ‘if you wanna work, if you wanna be an American, we welcome you’.

  • bigone4u

    Obunghole wants to make millions with the thug mentality into US citizens. Bush claimed that they are just conservative family value folks with a slightly darker skin tone that whites. Would it be possible to have presidential candidates tested for their sanity before they are allowed to run for the highest office in the land?

    • So CAL Snowman

      I guess it would depend on who was administering the tests.

  • So CAL Snowman

    It’s kind of funny, in the Former United States of America (FUSA) the situation is the exact opposite, the criminals pay bribes to the politicians!

    • Joseph

      “…the criminals pay bribes to the politicians!”

      -another distinction without a difference

  • Shattered

    How lovely. Cartel wives have been documented having their babies in South West U.S. hospitals to ensure U.S. citizenship. Something to look forward to.

    • Joseph

      “Cartel Wives” sounds like a soon-to-be TV show for the mentally-challenged who watch those things.

      • Shattered

        It’s all fun and games until they are cutting off your head for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Do a search in UTube for Cartel kills and see how much mayhem and death they have already brought to the U.S.. It’s just the seed of the beginning so far. Just a whiff of the forest fire that’s coming. Especially after the 11 million illegal get embedded as citizens here… they’ll be on the welfare the day after they get their free citizenship of course.

  • LHathaway

    40,000 drug related deaths, so i’ve heard, south of our border. And yet Obama hasn’t mentioned a single word about this. I guess asking someone to smoke one less doobie would be too much. Some sacrifices are too much!

    • Joseph

      Bongo HAS mentioned it, as has his love-buddy Holdme. They blame American gun-owners for the problem which they got caught trying to rectify via “Fast and Furious.

      The problem is ALWAYS white Americans, even in other non-white countries.

  • Kronolog

    Mexico is truly in need of a firm but benevolent generalissimo.

  • shake down king america

    Ransom extortion? Wasnt that why liberal whites kept Obama in office too knowing they would be the first to experience the wratch of the almight ape had their mutt been rejected by Romney the hated white man? Isnt that why welfare and food stamps exist to keep the 30 million pacified along with the routine millions of injury scams against most US corps and insurance cos with their whiplash lawyers? This does not include the shakedowns by the usual suspect scumbags or now lawsuits against Disney characters.

    Hasnt America since Karl Lincoln freed the slaves been nothing but one big gumint black hole shakedown ransom extortion blackmail that just saw the lazy loose as a goose happy juke jive mutt messiah overspent 6.5 trillion in only 4 years mainly due to the screwup of GW Bush who hasnt come out of hiding ever since? These mexican druggies are small potatoes.

  • Joseph

    Haven’t they heard of Bloomberg’s brainchild: “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”? This tragedy could have been prevented.

  • Jackryanvb

    And Libertairan true believer Rand Paul insists that we are al just unlighted racists for resisting the mass invasion of these Mestizo Mexican cartel killers:

    “We’re the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity. Therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future. We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities. We must be the party that says ‘if you wanna work, if you wanna be an American, we welcome you’.”

    • Jack,

      I want to chew the rag further about that, but this might not be the best place. I wrote a long e-mail to Brimelow earlier this afternoon:

      I think the problem is that we invested too much in Rand Paul from the beginning simply because he wasn’t purely his father. He still might not be purely his father, but he’s not moving in the proper direction away from his father. See that URL for what I mean.