Using Illegal Drugs in Mexico

Beryl Gorbman
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.

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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4 Responses to Using Illegal Drugs in Mexico

  1. MarĂ­a Cristina Llera says:

    Idiots who think that the legalization of drugs in the US will do away with the bloody activities of the Mexican drug cartels are just that: idiots. If and when the profitable drug business dwindles by legalization, the cartels will turn to what is already becoming a close match in profits to the drug trade: human trade with its dreadful consecuences of slave labor, forced prostitution, child abuse, organ traffic, etc. This is point number one.

    Point number two: Every individual who buys, or even uses, drugs HAS BLOOD ON HIS/HER HANDS, given the current state of affairs in the drug trade.

  2. Drug use is the least imaginative response to the human condition.

    But falling victim to intellectual laziness is the least of your worries if you’re a gringo who insists on using illegal, or marginally legal, drugs in Mexico.

    Given the widespread unpopularity of Mexico’s current drug war among the Mexican electorate, and the 37,000+ Mexican lives the drug war has, so far, claimed, and given that Mexico is gearing up for what would appear to be an especially divisive national election, we’ve every reason to assume that Mexican government and law enforcement will show less mercy than usual to scofflaw gringos, and that the American diplomatic presence in Mexico will extend even less help and comfort than usual to U.S. citizens who knowingly, willfully, and shamelessly thumb their noses at Mexico’s drug laws.

    We’ve also every reason to assume that drug-using gringos who live in Merida are exceptionally vulnerable in this regard:

    ==> Due to Yucatan’s famously low crime-rate, the PRI is poised to showcase the state’s PRI governor and Merida’s PRI mayor as examples of how the PRI and its politicians have successfully quashed drug traffickers and the bloodshed and mayhem that drug-trafficking generates.

    ==> Whether aware of it or not, Yucatan’s gringos, particularly those living in Merida, have been watched like hawks since long before the current drug war began. Lately, obvious political pressures have only intensified and made more pervasive an already well-entrenched and highly sophisticated scrutiny.

    ==> If you’re a drug-using gringo who lives in Yucatan and you think that your house keepers and gardeners, and your neighbors and their house keepers and gardeners, aren’t intimately aware of the most “secret” and “private” details of your life, you’re living in a dream world. (On the bright side, when you ultimately get out of prison, you’ll have mastered such universally useful skills as hammock-making, and you’ll speak marvelously fluent Yucatecan Spanish, although your accent won’t likely garner you many invitations to parties on the north side of town.)

    ==> Given certain eccentricities of Mexican civil society, any drug-using gringo facing criminal drug-charges will have a very, very difficult time finding folks who will take his or her best interests to heart. Breathtakingly insistent pressures can and will be brought to bear on anyone and everyone even slightly aware of your illicit activities. Legal fees can and will spiral vertiginously out of control. You shall weep and rend your garments and fill your mouth with ashes but, yea and verily, Almighty God will turn His face from you, and you shall know neither mercy nor peace.

    If you’re a drug-using gringo in Yucatan, you can rest assured that the people who are paid, in one way or another, by one entity or another, to keep track of that sort of thing, already know all your addresses, all your phone numbers, and the disposition of all your assets, in Mexico and abroad, and very likely all the addresses, phone numbers, and disposition of all the assets of your friends and associates, too.

    Stop buying and using drugs. Immediately.

    And sit down and give some serious thought to identifying the precise defects in your character that caused you to so casually, needlessly, and stupidly, put yourself, and your friends, in harm’s way.

  3. Vancouver Drug Lord says:

    Did you hear about the Canadian drug smuggler on the lam in Merida who was rounded up by the Royal Mounted Canadian Police? Oh, dear. He’s singing like a canary — to avoid deportation to Germany. Oh, dear. I never knew that they were growing pot on Calle 66 somewhere between … I forget the cross streets …

    • BG says:

      Yes, I think he spent a bit of time in jail here before being deported in 2009 to Canada. He is part of the corporate structure of the Flamingo Lakes Resort, another special interest of mine, and was involved in selling residential real estate here in Merida for a while.

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