Reno and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin stood side by side in Washington Monday to announce the culmination of a three-year sting operation targeting Mexican bankers who laundered drug money for the Cali cartel of Colombia and the Juarez cartel of Mexico. The booty: $35 million seized -- with another $122 million to be confiscated from U.S. and foreign bank accounts, and more than 180 expected arrests. And there were drugs, too: Two tons of cocaine and four tons of marijuana.
All this was apparently accomplished without any assistance from the Mexican authorities (although some would say that's hardly a change) -- Reno and Rubin told their Mexican counterparts about the sting only on Monday -- leaving red-faced Mexican officials to stammer about how laundering drug money was not "an institutional practice of Mexican banks." Of course not. Thanks, amigos, for all your help.