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The prosecutor’s office for the Southern District of Florida reported a few days ago that Adalberto Fructuoso Comparán Rodríguez, former mayor of Aguililla and alleged leader of the United Cartels, had his first court hearing after being extradited from Guatemala, after being accused in 2021 by a Grand Jury of having trafficked 500 kilos of methamphetamine to the United States.

Along with him, five other people, including his son Fructuoso Comparán Bedolla, will be placed in the dock. The trial will open the door to details of the penetration of drug trafficking in Michoacán, which has affected important Morena cadres for more than a decade, and is uncomfortably close to the current governor, Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla.

Ramírez Bedolla has minimized what is happening in Florida. It is a tired topic, he declared on Monday, explaining with absurd logic the reasons for his disqualification. He said, for example, that the issue arose from the desperation of the PRD, because Comparán Rodríguez was mayor of Aguililla for that party, and that, deep down, it was a machination of his predecessor, Silvano Aureoles. Either he is ignorant, or he is a liar, or out of fear he runs away. The investigation has nothing to do with the PRD, nor did the prosecutors act based on temporary partisan interests. Seriously thinking about it would be foolish.

But somehow it is understood. Comparán Rodríguez, who was identified as the leader of the United Cartels, who fight against the Jalisco New Generation Cartel for control of the Michoacan Tierra Caliente, was a partner of his aunt Anabel Bedolla, and Comparán Bedolla is his first cousin. The governor says that he has nothing to do with his criminal steps, his name does not appear in the public accusation, nor in the statement on the extradition of Comparán Rodríguez. But the trial will be the one that determines whether he or other politicians in the state are affected.

Michoacán, we must not forget, is a failed state prolific in narcopolitics.
Ramírez Bedolla shot in self-defense against the PRD, of which he was a militant at the same time as his uncle was mayor, where he arrived after having been part of the self-defense groups in Michoacán, which were infiltrated by the Beltrán Leyva brothers’ cartel. , when they still belonged to the Sinaloa Cartel and were responsible for taking methamphetamine precursors from the port of Manzanillo to Jalisco, passing through the Tierra Caliente of Michoacán. But the governor, or avoided facts, or was deliberately ignored.

Comparán Rodríguez was mayor from 2008 to 2011, and his mandate coincided with that of Governor Leonel Godoy, who was in the PRD at the time. In 2009, the mayor and nine other municipal presidents, along with 16 Godoy government officials, were detained by the Army and the Federal Police for alleged links to La Familia Michoacana.

They were released because at that time, the prosecutor Eduardo Medina Mora did not want to prosecute the phone calls between the detainees and the drug traffickers, so the main evidence of the case vanished. The only evidence prosecuted, some time later, was a recording of Julio César Godoy Toscano, deputy for the PRD, with Servando Gómez Martínez, La Tuta, one of the heads of La Familia Michoacana, where the camaraderie and the request for him to advocate by the criminal organization with his half brother, Governor Godoy.

Godoy Toscano, who was released as a favor that the then Secretary of the Interior, Fernando Gómez Mont, did for the governor, disappeared and nothing is known about him to date. Years later, the Michoacan Family became Los Caballeros Templarios, an organization to which Governor Bedolla’s uncle was also linked.

The relationship between Michoacán politicians and organized crime has been floating in the air since the first five years of this century, when then Governor Lázaro Cárdenas asked President Felipe Calderón for support to combat the growing presence of the cartels. As a result of this, the so-called “war on drugs” began, which has been used by the federal government to attack the former president and justify the violence that has bowed down President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Ramírez Bedolla has sought to shake off any uncomfortable relationship by paraphrasing the president. “We are protected,” the governor recently said. “Our integrity protects us, our honesty in all proof.” The acts of faith in drug trafficking and honesty are the hallmark of the regime, but they do not solve the underlying problems, which begin to show their depth in the accusations in the Miami Court, which with rhetoric will not be able to remove the governor.

According to the accusations, his uncle and another of the detainees, Alfonso Rustrián, met in Cali, Colombia, in January of last year, with a person they believed was money laundering and presented himself as a drug trafficker linked to the Islamist organization Hezbollah. At that meeting, they agreed to supply hundreds of kilograms of methamphetamine, through a land channel that departed from Mexico, crossed the United States through Texas, and was delivered in Miami. As soon as they delivered the first shipment in March 2021, they were detained without being able to distribute the drug on the US market.

But the methamphetamine pipeline that was born in Michoacán could not have been built by Comparán Rodríguez without an institutional network that would allow Cárteles Unidos to work without being stalked and attacked by the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, which has sought to keep Michoacán’s Tierra Caliente. To prevent their entry into the state, the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent in the Army.

Shortly after, there were public complaints about support given to him to confront the organization of El Mencho, Nemesio Oseguera. The accusations were not proven, but in fact, the Jalisco Nueva Generación was contained, while Cárteles Unidos, which has less firepower than its adversaries, regrouped and continued to traffic drugs.

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J. A. Allen

Author, blogger, freelance writer. Hater of spiders. Drinker of wine. Mother of hellions.

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