THE COLLUSION between white-collar crime and organized crime in Mexico has been rampant. For much of the 20th century, the Mexican government controlled organized crime. After the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s, the Mexican elite formed an official political party that eventually became known as the PRI. The PRI had a monopoly over political power and used this power to manipulate and exploit organized crime. Authorities sought out successful organized criminal groups, such as drug traffickers, and forced them to do the government's bidding. The government provided immunity from prosecution in exchange for payments used for government programs, political campaigns, and personal enrichment. Authorities expected criminals to cooperate. Failure to do so could result in prosecution or even being killed.

Due the fact that many Mexican ...

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