Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador denied claims by Secretary of State Antony Blinken that drug cartels effectively control parts of Mexico.
At a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Blinken said it was “fair to say” that parts of Mexico were controlled by drug cartels. Lopez Obrador reacted to the news Friday, saying Blinken’s claims were false, the Associated Press reported.
“That is false. It’s not true,” he said. “There is nowhere in the nation’s territory where authorities are not present.”
However, he conceded that some cartels had been able to infiltrate the country’s drug regulatory agency, known as Cofepris.
“They even had representatives in Cofepris, people lobbying inside Cofepris,” he said. He added that several officials had been charged in connection with the case.
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