Intersection ….

Four Americans are missing in Matamoros. Actually, two of them are dead. They were minding their own business when they were fired upon then kidnapped. Just doing a little light shopping. It could happen to anybody. Here is the story, at the link.

The case began on Friday afternoon when Latavia “Tay” McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown, and Eric James Williams crossed from Brownsville, Texas, into Matamoros for medical tourism. During a news conference, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said they were looking for medicines, however, other sources suggest some were seeking cosmetic procedures.


Now here is what has been left unsaid. Mexico is a little more casual in their approach to the dispensing of prescription drugs. I don’t think I made it more than a quarter mile from the port of entry before I was accosted by street Entrepreneurs. I had my choice, the pitchman’s clean low milage sister or an escort to a pharmacy offering drugs unavailable in the United States without a prescription. At the time, Mandrax was available over the counter without a prescription, in Mexico.

Mandrax, in case you don’t know is the trade name for methaqualone, (Quaaludes) which were banned in the United States. What’s in a name? For reasons best known only to themselves, United States Customs turned a blind eye to pharmaceuticals dispensed in Mexico, but illegal in the United States. I don’t know if they are still available.

Back to present day. These four were, according to Mexican authorities, engaged in “medical tourism” and seeking to purchase “medicines.” Which ones? How many? Does the resulting transaction require two men and a hand truck to load the purchase into their van?

There is more to the story than meets the eye. Call me cynical, but the only innocence that these four likely displayed was playing in somebody else’s sandbox and not knowing the rules. I suspect that the four gave off vibes that told the cartel gunmen that they were players. They discovered too late that they weren’t in North Carolina anymore.