A small victory was had recently in Mexico’s , where the country’s most wanted man was apprehended without a shootout or anymore lives lost.
In a rare drug war victory, Mexico’s most wanted man was recently apprehended – without any shots fired.
Servando Gomez ran the Michoacan drug business and held much capital and political power in the city. This hunt for Gomez is part of President Pena Nieto’s plan to disrupt the stranglehold that the drug cartels have on the city and the country. Last year, high-ranking kingpin “El Chapo”, who many thought to be most powerful kingpin in history, was captured.
Gomez’s bust is believed to be due to information leaked by dissenting members of the cartel. These vigilantes formed alliances with the townspeople, who were ruled by the Knights Templar and slowly took back control of their territories, until Gomez’s gang was finally cornered and the federal government had an easy path to capturing him.
While the capture of Servando Gomez is a definite step in the right direction, many say that it changes nothing when it comes to Pena Nieto’s responsibility for the disappearance of the 43 students last year. Gomez was seen as an easy target due to his weakening hold over the area and the unchecked arrogance that prevented him from going into hiding like most kingpins do after the jig is officially up. Part of this behavior is attributed to the strong religious undertones of the cartel; Gomez believed that he was doing God’s work and likened himself to revolutionary icon Che Guevera. His self-righteousness is what probably led to the rebellion from within.
With Servando’s arrest, he leaves behind seven children and will be subject to extrajudicial charges in the United States for drug trafficking and in his own country for the murder of 12 Mexican policemen. Some say that even with his capture, the drug cartel Gomez leaves behind will still be just as dangerous and powerful, possibly even more so, as they will be keeping a lower profile with this “tough on cartels” narrative coming out of the president’s office.
Do Mexican residents feel safer? The answer is ultimately “no,” as the corruption of government officials and law enforcement runs deep, and there are still no answers to the case of the missing students.