A wakeup call? Mexico uses videos of crime-infested Philly in anti-drug campaign in own cartel-run country
MEXICO- At least Mexico understands the gravity of the crime problem in Philadelphia, even though Pennsylvania voters don’t seem to.
In the same week when Pennsylvania voters elected a brain-damaged neanderthal to the United States Senate comes a report that Mexico is using footage of Philadelphia street drug users in anti-drug ads in that country, according to the Daily Caller.
La Campaña vs las Adicciones del @GobiernoMX busca informar a los jóvenes de los daños que provoca a la salud el consumo de drogas químicas. La información y la participación de la familia y de la escuela son importantes factores de protección vs las adicciones. ¡Infórmate! pic.twitter.com/A8MkptVqHG
— Jesús Ramírez Cuevas (@JesusRCuevas) November 8, 2022
The ads were published this week by Jesus Ramirez, spokesman for Mexican President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador, the AP reported. It is unknown where the Mexican government obtained the footage or why the footage was used by the Mexican government.
Ramirez last week posted a tweet, in which Ramirez said the videos were part of a program called Campaign Against Addictions, designed to inform young Mexicans of the damage that can be inflicted by drug use.
The Mexican government is using video of homeless people and open-air drug users in Philadelphia’s embattled Kensington neighborhood in a national ad campaign to try to scare young people away from drugs https://t.co/XHAv6ovsbv
— Alejandro Martínez (@Alemarserrano) November 12, 2022
The footage doesn’t specifically identify the fact it is from a neighborhood in Philadelphia; however some are concerned the footage will tarnish Philadelphia’s “image,” be that as it is. Some are also taken aback by the fact that Mexico is the primary source of a majority of fentanyl that comes into the United States, the AP reported.
“The opioid and overdose crisis in Philadelphia is part of a national and even international epidemic, and we agree it is important for everyone to understand, as this video notes, that all street drugs now present an elevated risk of overdose because of fentanyl’s extreme prevalence,” a spokesman for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said, the AP continued.
“Having said that, it is always hard to see our city’s people and neighborhoods portrayed in a limited and negative light. No neighborhood, and no person, should be defined by this tragic and widespread crisis.”
According to Axios, it’s pretty easy to define Philadelphia exactly as it is being portrayed. As of September, the city had reported 388 homicides thus far in 2022, an increase of four over 2021 when Philadelphia set a record with 562 homicides. Statistics also show that shootings in 2022 have increased by 3%, with overall violent crime up by 7%.
In other words, the mayor can try to “put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”
Others aside from Kenney’s office criticized the ads, including Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst who called the ads “terrible” and the result of “bad public policy.” He also complained the ads did not contain a “public health message.”
Rather, he complained, the messages are furthering “the most aggressive U.S. drug scare tactics” that were used in the 1980s.
Likewise, Kelly Garant, a peer care coordinator in Philadelphia for an addiction nonprofit said the ad was unacceptable.
“They are actually in a state of crisis, and to be exploited when they’re that vulnerable, it’s just not acceptable. You don’t know whose mother or father or brother that is,” she said, according to the AP.
Although Mexico appears to be on to something in its shot at Philadelphia, but Kenney’s office is correct about the scourge of illegal drugs entering the United States from Mexico, although Biden’s open border policies obviously have a lot to do with it.
This past summer, for example, border patrol agents in Texas seized some $2.1 million worth of liquid methamphetamine from a vehicle attempting to enter the country from Mexico, authorities told the Daily Caller.
The incident took place at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry, with the total weight of the meth weighing in at 110 pounds, CNN reported at the time.
Busted: #CBP officers at Rio Grande City Port of Entry seized $2.1M in liquid methamphetamine in a passenger vehicle. Driver arrested. Read more here: https://t.co/SNWcB4DWtH pic.twitter.com/4sw7IP7Bhk
— CBP South Texas (@CBPSouthTexas) July 27, 2022
That incident took place when feds stopped a vehicle for further inspection while it was attempting to cross into the US.
The drugs were discovered through use of a “non-intrusive inspection system” along with K9s, the New York Daily News reported at the time. The vehicle was being driven by a 41-year old American citizen.
Earlier that same month, officials in San Diego facilitated one of the biggest narcotics arrests in U.S. history. Law enforcement officials followed a suspicious commercial vehicle that crossed into the U.S. from Mexico and seized five thousand pounds of meth while arresting four Mexican nationals from Tijuana.
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