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More dogs for Mexico courtesy of Mérida

US sends 25 under crime-fighting initiative

Mexico’s relations with the Unites States may be cool in some respects but not when it comes to drug-sniffing dogs.

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The U.S. government has delivered 25 dogs trained in detecting illegal substances and explosives to law enforcement agencies in nine states.

The donation and training of the dog’s handlers is part of the ongoing Mérida Initiative, an agreement designed to help fund police and military efforts to combat organized crime in Mexico and Central America.

“The border security program of the Mérida Initiative supports canine units in Mexico with the goal of strengthening the capabilities of police forces in their fight against insecurity and organized crime, as well as border security in airports, seaports and Mexican land border crossings,” said the embassy of the United States in a prepared statement.

Together with the training of the dogs and their handlers, the border security program also entails the delivery of equipment and vehicles for the well-being of the canines.

Directors of canine units, their handlers and veterinarians can also receive certification from the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) through the same program.

Since the signing of the Mérida Initiative in 2008, the government of the United States has donated over 300 canines to Mexico.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • cruz_ctrl

    hey US, you want to combat organized crime in Mexico and at home? legalize and regulate all drugs. treat drug use as a health issue and not a criminal activity. crack down on big pharma’s high potency opioid production and forbid them from rewarding doctors who prescribe these life-destroying opiates (oxycontin, fentanyl) as a first response (cure all) for patients with minor pain complaints. all it takes is a little common sense…

    • Steve Galat

      Nice dream, pal, but the US DOJ, DEA, FBI, Coast Guard have NO interest in combatting Organized Crime. They ARE ‘Organized Crime’ for 3 decades now abetting cartels and mafias worldwide, colluding and whacking up huge profits (but with stealth, class and impunity) from your fraudulent Drug War…..”It’s springtime for Taliban…and poppies!” (Where’s that war criminal Dick Cheney when you need him?)

      • Garry Montgomery

        That’s always been the “story” but who gets the alleged money? Not “the government”, and how does it go untraced by the Department that audits them?

        • Steve Galat

          “Internal auditors, Ethics departments”…..Just extrapolate from the wisdom of Josef Stalin: “It’s not the Voters who are important….It’s WHO COUNTS the votes that’s important……”

          • Garry Montgomery

            Good point. I’ve always suspected that the Fed’s only responsibility was to collect taxes, allow corporate lobbyists to control the country’s agenda and declare war using up the ill-gotten tax dollars!

        • cruz_ctrl

          hey Garry, the CIA uses drug profits to finance all their black ops…

          • Garry Montgomery

            But who got the $90 billion “fine” the four major U.S. banks voluntarily paid for drug-money laundering? No jail time and still in business. That’s the U.S. Federal government. Still, where did the $90 billion end up?

      • cruz_ctrl

        totally agree, Steve, but you left out the CIA! the most powerful cartel in the world… 🙁

    • Yasmin Rubia

      Good point ! When drugs were legal, there were no violent drug gangs.

      • Garry Montgomery

        Wow! That’s going back pre-prohibition when Coca Cola actually had coke in it and was supported as a “health product”. But real coke or not, the masses are addicted to Coke.

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