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Days after the murder when the prisoners began naming Raul Salinas de Gortari as the mastermind of the killing Mario Ruiz Massieu-whohad told me that he was in constant touch with President Salinas and talked to him almost daily-must have told Salinas Mr President we have a problem Your brother killed my brotherThe trafficking of drugs is clearly a big business in the current Mexican economy In the mid-1990s for example it was reported that the drug trade was the only part of the Mexican economy that was experiencing a boom Oppenheimer 164 The mid-1990s also spawned political corruption and assassinations Drug related corruption and assassinations are not a problem for economic growth and stability nor are they a problem for political stability in Mexico They increase the stability of the government by weeding out those that do not belong In fact through presidential brother Raul Salinas Mexican drug lords were allowed to ship drugs to the United stated as long as levels were tolerable and the profits from the drug trade were invested back into the Mexican economy Oppenheimer 306 By encouraging the drug lords to keep their profits in Mexico the Mexican economy will become increasingly stable The Mexican officials involved in this power play will also benefit Their political power and eagerness to accept bribes are positively correlated with the intimacy of the relationship between the government and the drug lords The drug lords also benefit by investing their money into the Mexican economy they have the financial power to voice their opinion They have the power to buy stability not only for their drug market but also in the Mexican political sphere To better understand and refute this argument we must first analyze the scope of the Mexican drug trade Because drug trafficking is an illegal business it is difficult to obtain precise figures regarding the size of the Mexican drug trade It is apparent however that
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