Guillermo Villanueva is a spokesperson for the Chihuahua state government. Villanueva openly stated a position that others may have long held that security agencies want to control or manage the drug trade rather than eliminate it.
Villanueva said: "It's like pest control companies, they only control," "If you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the drug business, they finish their jobs." Not surprisingly the CIA did not comment at least directly on Villanueva's accusations. Activists, academics, and even former officials have made similar accusations however it is quite unusual for an official to make such a statement. Chihuahua is one of the most violent Mexican states and borders on Texas.
Needless to say the official Mexican establishment including more senior officials in Chihuahua State disagreed with Villanueva. The mayor of the city of Juarez said that the claims were baloney.
Mayor Hector Muguia said:I think the CIA and DEA [US Drug Enforcement Agency] are on the same side as us in fighting drug gangs," "We have excellent collaboration with the US." The U.S. has provided over $1.4 billion to fight the drug war in Mexico.
Mexico often blames the flow of illegal guns into Mexico and the huge U.S. drug market for the drug war in Mexico. Academics such as Hugo Mireles a professor at the Autonomous University of Juarez said:"The war on drugs is an illusion,". "It's a reason to intervene in Latin America.""The CIA wants to control the population; they don't want to stop arms trafficking to Mexico, look at [Operation] Fast and Furious,” The botched operation shipped automatic weapons to Mexico in the hope they could trace the weapons and arrest those to whom they were delivered! Instead they lost track of 1700 guns.
CIA involvement in the drug trade would not be novel. In 1996 a series of investigations linked the CIA in Nicaragua with the drug trade. The CIA was apparently using money from the drug trade to fund Contras rebels who were fighting the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. For much more see this article.