Sunday, January 10, 2016

Letter: United States & Mexican Pursuing Futile Strategy Against "War on Drugs"

The expressed opinions or views of this letter does not necessarily represent the opinion of the MiddletownMike blog:

Dear Editor,

As a qualified expert in criminal law and international relations, it is quite clear to me that the "War on Drugs" has not worked.

The United States and Mexican authorities are pursuing a futile strategy in (likely temporarily) re-capturing Joaquin Guzman (aka El Chapo), the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The "War on Drugs" strategy has caused far more harm than the substances themselves would have, had they been sold in a legal way, similar to alcohol or cigarettes.

We have lost the War on Drugs. When a war has been lost, it is irrational to behave as if it has been won. Defeat must be accepted, graciously, even if it may go against other principals that we hold dear.

The United States and Mexican governments should negotiate with Mr. Guzman, in the same way as with U.S. banks that have been caught laundering drug money such as Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) (source:

Like Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) let Mr. Guzman pay fines, and agree to setup a charitable trust fund to help addicts recover, in exchange for a deferred prosecution agreement, that ends this bloody conflict.

Under the terms of such an agreement, the United States, Mexico, and the Sinaloa Cartel should come to an agreement to end the illegal sale and trafficking of drugs in the United States, in exchange for the Sinaloa Cartel and Mr. Guzman personally being given an ownership share and director position, in a new lawful enterprise that can distribute psychoactive substances under government license.

Sinaloa Cartel "hitmen" and others who have served as the armed wing of the cartel should be given the option to work as U.S. military contractors fighting against ISIS and other terrorist groups in the Middle East.

Americans have voted for illegal drugs to be available, by continuously purchasing them. We can no longer ignore the truth, at the expense of public health and safety.

Such an agreement must be pursued quickly, lest there be any powershift that could fragment the Sinaloa Cartel's empire, into smaller, less predictable organizations.

Eric Hafner
Ocean Grove, NJ


Anonymous said...

Eric how can you describe yourself as a qualified expert in criminal law? Being arrested for illegal drugs doesn't make you an instant expert. Also smoking south American & Mexican grown pot does not qualify you as an expert in international relations. What qualifies you to make such claims? The so called war on drugs has never been a war. If it were an actual war fought as a war you would still be in a POW camp since you were caught with drugs or maybe you would have been executed as a traitor since you have been caught with drugs and therefore are on the other side of this war.
The death toll from alcohol is 88,000 deaths a year, Tobacco deaths 480,000 a year and you want to add to these numbers. These legal products a harmful but since they were once legal it is nearly impossible to get rid of them.
Your comment about implying criminals as soldiers fighting ISIS shows that drug use has damaged your mind. You want to arm criminals to fight our enemies, why not just hire them to fight the drug cartels? LOL For your own good stop smoking that junk.

Anonymous said...

It's funny to read the Middletown PD/GOP crowd make such nonsense posts.

More Columbians die every year of U.S. Tobacco products than Americans die from cocaine problems. Yet no one is trying to shut down their local 7 Eleven here in Middletown (and they're probably ISIS members working there LOL).

Middletown Police Department are incompetent/corrupt, due to their inability to go after the heroin epidemic in town.

And for the record, why would someone who has a 99 plant grow right here in Monmouth County bother to import lower grade cannabis from abroad?

The Sinaloa Cartel is active locally. Their guys are mostly active in Freehold, Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park, but they're all over. They aren't going anywhere.

Anonymous said...

The US government is not one single coherent entity...Even if the local morons in Middletown aren't fans of Mr. Hafner, clearly other agencies of the government in this country have a different type of relationship with him...

Word to the wise: Things are more complicated than you might expect. Don't open up a can of worms you aren't able to handle...

Power means different things to different people. It is not wise for low level people in local government to mess with things much bigger than them...

Anonymous said...

Middletown Township Municipal Court Judge Richard Thompson wasn't suspended happened because a bigger part of the US government than Middletown Township was unhappy with his behavior towards someone who has been working for them for quite some time...that person's mother was also an agent for said agency before retiring in the late 1980s...another person who is also tied to the same agency also has a son who is unhappy with Gerald is not a good idea to make enemies with these kinds of people, but Middletown plainly doesn't understand...even when all of your work is supposed to be conduct in other countries, it doesn't mean that sometimes you won't have something to do at home...

Anonymous said...

You cant blame the local police for a nationwide problem. blame liberals who removed all mention of God from schools and are attempting to remove all mention of God from public discourse. We don't just live for pleasure we live to serve our all mighty creator who will someday judge our lives. Organized crime wont go away if drugs are legalized we know that from the end of prohibition.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous So you're saying God wants us to put citizens in jail for possessing plants he made?