According to a December 4 report in The NY Times, anti-narcotic agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Agency, have both smuggled and laundered enormous sums of money in drug proceeds in their continued effort to infiltrate the powerful Mexican drug cartels.
The DEA has performed these under-cover efforts in other countries but began these tactics in Mexico only in the past few years. Because of the nature of the operations, cartels are often allowed to continue in operation for months or years before arrests are made.
Approximately 45,000 deaths have been attributed to the Mexican government's "crackdown" on the cartels in 2006.
A former senior official for the Drug Enforcement Agency, now working for a private contracting company by the name of Mission Essential Personnel, has stated that efforts were made to closely supervise the operations so that agents were not laundering money simply for the sake of laundering money.
I, for one, will sleep so much better tonight knowing that Mission Essential Personnel is keeping a watchful eye in the never-ending War On Drugs. After Halliburton in Iraq and Wall Street in New York it's reassuring to know that somebody's got a handle on all this!