The scale of crime and violence that continues to plague Mexico is staggering. In 2017, at least 23,000 people were murdered — the highest level since records began. Two of the most recent victims include a 17-year-old YouTube star and a vacationing San Diego city official who were killed over the Christmas holiday. And 2018 is picking up where 2017 left off: on Monday, nearly 20 people were killed in a series of clashes in the southwestern state of Guerrero.
In the middle of that bloodshed, a smaller piece of cartel-related news has slipped under the radar: last week the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental group charged with developing anti money-laundering policies, released its report on Mexico. In it, the FATF said that the Mexican government was not doing enough to combat the money laundering which allows cartels to turn their drug cash clean.
“Significant shortcomings were