ROME — A U.S. investigation has uncovered drug traffickers who have paid cash to bribe government officials to have the proceeds of drug-trafficking operations buried in landfills, according to an internal U.N. report.
The U.K.-based watchdog group Oxfam said the report on Mexico, which was released Tuesday, is the first to reveal how corrupt officials in the country’s interior ministry have used their power to ensure drug traffickers can dispose of their drugs with minimal hassle.
The Oxfam report, released in collaboration with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, shows that officials in Mexico’s state-run Interior Ministry have allowed drug trafficking gangs to bury drugs and weapons, including guns, in landfilled landfolds.
Aerial view of the landfilled drug disposal facility in Mexico.
U.R.M.RUNA, MEXICO — According to Oxfam, at least two landfilling facilities were built for drug traffickers and they were used to bury up to 5,000 kilograms (15,000 pounds) of drugs and arms in the landfold.
A Ural Valley mine was built to dispose of firearms in an air-filled landfill.
The report, based on interviews with more than 40 former officials, said that drug traffickers often hid their drugs and guns from the state’s public officials, who were unable to locate them.
The government has said that it is cracking down on corruption in the Interior Ministry and other government departments.
But it has not released detailed statistics on the amount of money paid to bribe officials.