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Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family
Down by the River Drugs Money Murder and Family Author:Charles Bowden SOMETIMES THE DEAD WON'T GO AWAY. — Lionel Bruno Jordan was murdered on January 20, 1995, in an El Paso parking lot, but he keeps coming back as the skeleton key to a multibillion-dollar drug industry, two corrupt governments -- one called the United States and the other Mexico -- and a self-styled War on Drugs that is a fraud. Phil Jorda... more »n runs DEA intelligence, but when his brother Bruno is killed, he is powerless. Amado Carrillo Fuentes runs the most successful drug business in the history of the world, but when his usefulness to governments ceases, he mysteriously dies in a hospital. Carlos Salinas runs Mexico, but as soon as he leaves office, his brother is jailed for murder and Salinas flees into exile. Sal Martinez, DEA agent and Bruno's cousin, does the secret work of the U.S. government in Mexico, but when he seeks revenge for his cousin's murder, he is sentenced to a term in federal prison. Beneath all the policy statements and bluster of politicians is a real world of lies, pain, and money. Down by the River is the tale of how a murder led one American family into this world and how it all but destroyed them. Of how one Mexican drug leader outfought and outthought the U.S. government. Of how major financial institutions fattened on the drug industry. And how the governments of the United States and Mexico buried everything that happened. All this comes together down by the river, a place where the fictions finally end and the facts read like fiction. This is an unforgettable American story about drugs, money, murder, and family.« less
Back in the 1980's the major concen of the US Govenment was that Columbia would fall to the cartels and they woud be running their own country. We would pump billions of dollars into a proxy war to keep that from happening but little did we realize that the threat was closer, much closer.
Over the past 20 years we have watched on our nightly news how the situation in Mexico has deteriorated as what started out as a drug war to reign in the cartels as turned into an insurgency. This is where the book picks up.
The gist of the book is whether or not the killing of a high ranking DEA agent's bother was a hit, therefore a warning, or not. The narrative flips back and forth between the murder investigation and the history of narcotics trafficking in Mexico. It is left to the reader to decide if the two are connected. There is also an extensive amount of speculation or innuendo over how much the US Government knows, tolerates or condones.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the "drug war" and how it is being handle on either side of border. One thing is for sure that when you are done reading you will be infuriated at what the Feds are doing and not doing at the same time.