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The 1989 deregulation of the Mexican trucking industry allows manufacturers and assemblers to own their own trucking lines in preparation for the trade surge expected under NAFTA. The agreement will permit Mexican truck drivers to freely enter California, Texas, and the U.S. Southwest by 1997. Currently, all cargo must be left on the U.S. side of the border, for shipment by U.S. carriers. By 2001, Mexican drivers will be able to deliver products all the way to Canada under NAFTA provisions. Although the Washington-fueled “War on Drugs” has invested heavily in preventing drug carriers from flying their loads into the United States, most Colombian cocaine currently reaching the United States comes in overland, reports the Drug Enforcement Administration, much of it thought to be contained in commercial cargo being driven across the border. One example cited recently by the P.B.S. investigative news journal “Frontline”: while the United States defends its airspace with $18 million aerostat balloons equipped with state-of-the-art radar detectors and launches dozens of P-13 tracking planes in from the south, Rafael Mufioz Talavaera, the now-jailed “godfather” of the Juarez ring, was able to smuggle 21 tons of Cali-distributed cocaine into Texas and subsequently move it to a Los Angeles warehouse. Much of this cocaine, witnesses say, came across in commercial vehicles hauling piatas and other Mexican handicrafts past El Paso customs officers so overwhelmed by the 1,500 trucks that cross each day at his busy point of entry that inspection for contraband hidden in shipments is rarely carried out. Similarly, several thousand Mexico-registered trucks each day cross international bridges at Laredo, Texas, and Nogales, Arizona, to deposit goods in border warehouse complexes for distribution throughout the U.S. More than a half-ton of cocaine was discovered in two separate inspections during a 48-hour period this January at the Sonora-Arizona crossing at Nogales, Arizona, where 800 trucks, hauling winter vegetables to U.S. markets from the fertile but druginfested Culican Valley of Sinaloa, arrive each day. “We do what we can do,” one harried U.S. customs officer who asked not identified told this reporter, “but we know we’re only stopping a fraction of what comes through here. NA1-TA is going to complicate this job. …” Meanwhile, the Colombian-style drug violence so graphically illustrated by Cardinal Posadas’ assassination, has not only spilled into Mexico, but, like the drug itself, has reached into key U.S. cities. Since the killing of crusading journalist Manuel de Dios Unanue in New York City in February 1992 by a 16-year-old gunman, suspected to have taken his orders from Cali druglords, a dozen other hits ordered by Colombian cocaine cartels have taken place in that city, say DEA officials. “It happens all the time now,” DEA administrator Bonner recently told the New York Times . CLASSIFIEDS WORK for single-payer National Health Care. Join GRAY PANTHERS, intergenerational advocates against ageism and for progressive policies promoting social and economic justice. $20 individual, $35 family. 3710 Cedar, TEXAS AIDS NETWORK dedicated to improving HIV/AIDS policy and funding in Texas. Individdal membership $25, P.O. Box 2395, Austin, TX 78768, LESBIAN/GAY DEMOCRATS of Texas Our Voice in the Party. Membership $15, P.O. Box 190933, Dallas, 75219. SICK OF KILLING? Join the Amnesty International Campaign Against the WORK FOR OPEN, responsible government in Texas. 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