Monday, October 8, 2012

Corruption and Organized Crime

David J. Holleman’s Blue Baja explores the corruption that pervades the drug trade, reaching up from the streets to the police and judges that protect them.  Through his depiction of two crime families, the Huertas and the Ceriones, Holleman illuminates the intricate system that is in place to keep organized crime in business.

Anthony (Little T) Cerione controls the drug trade, sex trade, and other illegal activities in New Orleans, collecting money from those who do not work for him for “protection.”  Cerione protects those who pay him from the law and the police allow them to persist in their illegal activities as long as they are sanctioned by him.  When two disobedient criminals fail to pay Cerione for a robbery, two of them are killed by one of his enforcers, leaving one survivor.  When the police arrive on the scene, the survivor gives the name of the enforcer repeatedly, but the survivor’s words are completely ignored, allowing the enforcer to go on with his business.

In Mexico, Luis Huerta rules the drug trade with an iron fist.  When a narcotics detective reflects on how he has been allowed to go free despite the shockingly brutal murders he has left in his wake, he quickly remembers that the police and judges are “tainted with the blood money of the narcotics trade,” and those who refuse to accept his money are found with their heads severed from their torsos, to stop them and make examples for anyone who ponders future attempts to serve justice.

Holleman’s depiction of the Huertas and the Ceriones is incredibly timely, reflecting the story of the recently apprehended mob boss, James “Whitey” Bulger, who evaded justice for years through the information and aid of his friends within the legal system.  Blue Baja is a truly thrilling story of organized crime, corruption, and revenge, illuminating many of the flaws in society and the legal system. 
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