Cocaine, Cardinal Ocampo, and the Drug Wars
The drug problem in the United States, specifically cocaine, is very severe. The U.S. is the number one user of this drug in the entire world. Hollywood continues to glamorize the drug and the American public has an insatiable desire for it. Greed and gluttony play prominent roles in creating this epidemic. Many Americans seeking shortcuts to attaining the American dream sell drugs that feeds this gluttonous appetite for cocaine. Unfortunately there are serious side effects that aren’t as widely publicized.
What are often overlooked are the victims of this drug trade. Not necessarily those that are addicted to the drug simply because they chose to do so, but the innocent victims that are caught up in the drug trade. Especially those that stand up to drug traffickers like that of the Archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo.
Cardinal Ocampo was assassinated by the Tijuana Cartel (Arellano Felix Gang) with their co-conspirators on May 24, 1993 in the parking lot of the Guadalajara International Airport parking lot. He was pumped with 14 bullets by their ruthless hitmen and their co-conspirators. After 15 years, several investigations, and failed inquiries, justice was done.
This past Saturday, October 25, one of the masterminds behind this assassination was captured. Eduardo Arellano Felix or el Doctor was captured after a fierce gun battle between Mexican federales, US Federal agents, and the Tijuana Cartel in his hillside mansion in a suburb of Tijuana. Eduardo Arellano Felix was quickly flown to Mexico City to face several charges (hopefully that of the killing of Cardinal Ocampos).
This isn’t the end. Americans still have a craving for cocaine which will undoubtedly fuel more drug violence in and outside the United States. At least we have a bookend to the assassination of the good Cardinal. May he continue to rest in peace.