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Guatemalan President Wants to Legalize Drugs

Otto Perez Molina is desperate to take the trade away from the cartels across Central America.

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Otto Perez Molina on the campaign trail.
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By Valerie Tejeda

02/14/12

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Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is proposing to legalize drugs in Central America in an effort end the drug war. "I want to bring this discussion to the table," he said in a radio interview. "It wouldn't be a crime to transport, to move drugs. It would all have to be regulated." While Perez Molina didn’t go into details about his legalization proposal, he did say that he'll raise the issue to the President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, when he visits the country this week. The former army general, who just took office just last month, vowed to “rule with an iron fist” by taking tough action against drug cartels. Guatemalan authorities say that both the Sinaloa drug cartels and the Zetas are widely “running and processing” drugs in Guatemala, and competing over the lucrative traffic into Mexico. Guatemala suffers from a sky-high murder rate.

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