Mexican authorities have busted cartel leader "El Loco," but the arrest is a minor victory in the losing battle with the Mexican drug gangs. Someone else will quickly take his place.
Daniel Elizondo Jesus Ramirez, one of the top commanders of the Zeta cartel, is charged with dumping 49 headless bodies on a highway near Monterrey. It's believed he was aided by two other Zetas, nicknamed "The Speaker" and "The Shrimp," who are now being sought by police.
Hearing about this endless drug war is depressing. The Mexican cartels are in bed with government officials, police, and ordinary citizens. They will never be defeated with typical law enforcement techniques.
Ramirez, nicknamed "El Loco," tried to evade capture by lobbing a fragmentation grenade and shooting at troops.
About two weeks ago, 49 mutilated bodies were discovered along a highway near Monterrey. Authorities are claiming the Zetas bragged about the killings online to send a chilling message to rival cartels.
Mexico should loosen its gun control laws. If more law-abiding people owned firearms, they could defend themselves against the drug dealers and smugglers who are ravaging their country. Every time the government places a kingpin in jail, his replacement is ready and waiting to take over.