On 7 October, Deutsche Welle reported that civil government institutions are losing the war against the criminal networks that appear to have infiltrated much of Mexico’s crucial maritime infrastructure, including ports and customs services.  Mexican drug cartels have diversified their business model, which was formerly rooted in murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking. Now they are targeting sectors such as mining, logging and real estate, he says.  To counter the threats, customs and port operations would be taken away from the civil servants in the Transportation Ministry and placed into the hands of army personnel.

I had omitted the following link (as it did not seem to generate much interest!), but it seemed time to add it again and say that, if you would like to make a (polite) gesture and help me with my removal and computer costs, I have a page at

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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