Mulino Says Drug Money Might Infiltrate Political Campaigns

Sunday, February 10 2013 @ 02:02 PM EST

Contributed by: Don Winner

Panama's Public Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino said drug traffickers might try to infiltrate the political campaigns of National Assembly Deputies, the Representatives of local municipal governments, and the Mayors in areas where there is a movement of narcotics.

"I know the names," said Mulino, and he said he was sure that now he would be asked to provide those names of those who could be sponsoring politicians and the politicians who are receiving drug money.

"Beware of this, and we are not immune," said Mulino in a conversation with reporters.

Mulino said it is relatively difficult for drug traffickers to penetrate a presidential campaign, but it is easier for them to hand over cash to the smaller campaigns where there is less control.

He said the government is making efforts to counter these illegal movements of money, but the drug dealers put who they want in the political campaigns in order to maintain control, and to make sure that the politicians are working for them. (Critica)

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