Color me shocked. Mexican Sinaloa Cartel Has Taken Over a Venezuelan City.
OK, I’m not that shocked that Venezuela would turn to the players in The War on (Some) Drugs™ in order to get money. Just about every other source of income for them has fallen apart.
Sources reportedly revealed to InSight Crime a “range of evidence they say confirms the presence of emissaries from Mexican criminal groups. Ranchers, local manufacturers, and residents have all witnessed luxury vehicles entering town, parties blaring with narcocorridos, increased demand for prostitution, and other abnormalities that have changed everyday life.”
“Sinaloa isn’t just a random name, many of the pilots [of drug planes] are Mexican. We’ve seen them talking in hotels, and a person with this accent is easy to remember. They call this town of ours Sinaloa,” one local told InSight Crime on the condition of anonymity.
That’s right; they have “unofficially” changed the name of the town to show it is owned by the cartel.
Socialism at its finest. On the 1990s, Venezuela was a shining star in South America. Not anymore. (Hat tip to Wombat-socho.)