The Yucatan Yenta
For Merida Expats and Visitors
A Highly Opinionated Article
My opinion on this topic is simple. Anyone, especially foreigners, who uses any kind of illegal drug in Mexico, is an idiot.
Have you noticed the increase in the numbers and permanency of checkpoints on the roadways both in and out of town? Do you know these officers can stop you at will and search you and your car? And if they find something, you will spend time in jail.
Aside from the criminal consequences, you can also (and probably would) be deported. AND you can lose your house and all your property. The ficecomisos state that you must be of good moral character to lease the house from a bank, and that if you aren’t, they will claim the house.
In the USA things may be loosening up in the drug world – let’s see, you can carry an ounce in Oregon and two ounces in Washington, or whatever, and in any case your jeopardy is not great. When I went to LA recently, I was amazed at the LEGAL availability of marijuana to absolutely anyone. The relaxation of marijuana and other drug laws in the US is partly responsible for the billions of dollars of business the foreign gangs, which are actually efficient business organizations, can earn in the USA.
We have so many drug users in the USA, the sellers have a virtually unlimited market.
But enforcement is headed in the other direction here in Mexico. The government, the police, the army, are working like crazy to make inroads in the war on drugs. Merida is the last big city that has been relatively unaffected by drug gangs. But we are ever so close to Cancun, which has lately been the site of headless corpses and gun battles. Thousands of officers, both in and out of uniform and from a variety of agencies, are all over the Merida, trying to keep the gates shut.
Someone just told me yesterday that Merida is in Zeta territory. They’re banging on our doors and law enforcement is banging just as hard to keep them out of here.
That means that if you want to party with a bit of crack, of E, of dope, and you find someone here to sell it to you, they are getting it, directly or indirectly, from the Zetas. If they get busted by police, you can bet they will give up their customer list in a hot second. And since the Zetas need to protect their business, heads will begin to roll.
So don’t be dumb. And don’t help the dealers take over our city. You won’t like it. Don’t encourage drug sales. You have a lot to lose. And so does Mexican youth. Children are being recruited in every tiny village to spread the network. Where else can a family earn this kind of money? And for this money, they sacrifice their integrity and their futures.
“Why doesn’t the US just legalize drugs and then there won’t be a market and the gangs will disappear?”
That opinion is usually expressed by people who don’t have children. People who don’t want their kids to grow up in an envirnoment where drugs are legal and available are shaking in their boots. It’s already hell to raise a cogent teenager in the US, and this would make it nearly impossible.