martes, 25 de agosto de 2009

New drug laws in Mexico raise the cost of bribing the police

In Mexico, Ambivalence on a Drug Law -

You may have seen this news about the new drug laws in Mexico.

Before, if one was caught with small amounts of drugs, one could pay off the police. Now, under the new law, the cost of the bribe just went up: it will cost more because one will be faced with compulsory "treatment." Like the NYT article says,
Even before the new law went into effect, Mexicans caught with small amounts of drugs were not routinely prosecuted, officials said. But the change takes the discretion of whether to throw drug users in jail away from police officers, who frequently shook down people by threatening them with arrest.
So now, if one refuses to pay the bribe and wants to be remanded to some bogus treatment program, as the law says, then one will be faced with paying even more bribes—to the technocrats staffing the treatment centers so that they will approve one's course of treatment.

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