Mexican President Limits Ability of U.S. Agents to Prosecute Drug War in Mexico

Possible signal of a shifting attitude in Mexico City


The recent changes ordered by new President Enrique Peña Nieto to Mexico's anti-narcotics partnership with the United States have produced markedly different reactions here and in Washington, underscoring what appear to be diverging perceptions of the drug war's goals and the costs of fighting it.

Peña Nieto's decision to limit the ability of American agents to operate in Mexico has been met with dismay by U.S. law enforcement agencies, which left a heavy footprint under the previous administration of Felipe Calderon. They warn that intelligence sharing will suffer if they can no longer choose which Mexican force — the army, navy or federal police — to give sensitive information to; they've been instructed to now funnel everything through Mexico's Interior Ministry instead.