A former head of the Puerto Rico Police Department, Miguel Pereira, said Monday that the U.S. commonwealth has become a "narco state."
Pereira, a one-time federal prosecutor, told reporters that drug trafficking had infiltrated into all sectors of the Caribbean island. Pereira, 64, is running in the 2012 elections on the ticket of the Popular Democratic Party.
The senatorial hopeful emphasized that if he enters the legislature he will promote providing medical treatment for drug addicts as a means for combating trafficking and consumption of narcotics in Puerto Rico, one of the main problems on the island and the cause of hundreds of deaths each year due to violence between rival gangs of dealers.
"Drug trafficking touches all spheres of Puerto Rico. We have the influence of drug trafficking in all our branches of government, at all levels of our society," Pereira said.Read more on Fox News Latino.
First, I'd like correct the aspiring politician. As a member of the PDP, he should know that we can't become a narco state, because we're not a state. Boom! So Let's call it a narco commonwealth. No narco territory, cause that's what gangs rule. Nah, nah.
Seriously? Well I'm glad someone near (in) the government is finally acknowledging what I've been blubbering about all year. Through a combination of the diminishing role of the rule of law, greed, massive consumerism, and little bit of '¡Ay Bendito!' we have the perfect storm for narco-trafficking.
What, I hope, people are starting to realize is that our streets have become the hunting ground for the largest illicitly armed force on the island. Five years ago, you never heard of assassinations involving the public in Puerto Rico. Now it's almost a daily occurrence. This is not going to end well for all of us.
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