Cocaine, Mexico, Nicaragua and Enitel?
The Sinaloa cartel continues to operate drug-trafficking routes in Nicaragua and is looking to recover its operations along the country’s Pacific coast, Nicaraguan national police chief Aminta Granera reported this past week. Granera said that the majority of Sinaloa operatives are Nicaraguan nationals from the eastern part of the country who operate in the west, citing recent arrests and small cocaine seizures in the western cities of Rivas, Chinandega and Villanueva (though the Chinandega arrest also involved Salvadoran nationals). She added that the trafficking routes involve land and maritime components, and that most small boats tend to sail in international waters to avoid running into Nicaraguan authorities.
But, possibly by coincidence, there was a drug-related article in Mad Cow Morning News which suggests Carlos Slim "got rich" in the cocaine business. The article is mostly about concern that Slim financially bailed out The New York Times. By "rich", the numbers are that his net worth went from about $6 billion to ten times that amount in a decade.
The links between Slim and cocaine lead to not the Sinaloa cartel but a different one. Mad Cow Morning News goes on to talk about The Cartel of the Southeast.
Numerous well-sourced reports in the Mexican press accuse Fernando Chico Pardo's Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, S.A. de C.V., (ASUR) of playing ball in the drug trafficking major leagues, pointing a finger at the company's reported complicity in the big "drug move" in September of 2007 which ended with an American Gulfstream jet carrying 4 tons of cocaine crashing in the Yucatan.
Pardo and Slim are not casual business acquaintances. Pardo was Carlos Slim's right-hand man for more than 16 years before striking out on his own, with Slim’s blessing. He retained a seat on the board of Slim’s holding company. And his brother, Jaime Chico Pardo, remains the President of Slim’s major holding, Mexican telecommunications giant Telmex.
Ok, time for conspiracy theorists to take over. In case you don't know, Carlos Slim owns Enitel. Go for it.