Carlos could tell this was not going to be an easy discussion. Jesus Ruiz was thoroughly distracted and almost incapable of focusing on their conversation. The knife Jesus held to Carlos’ throat was unnerving while milling around, but tolerable when standing still. It was standard practice when meeting with Jesus and mostly for show.
Carlos said, “Jesus, thanks for letting me in to speak to you. I know you have a lot on your mind and that you don’t have a lot of time to spare.”
The comments had the desired effect of getting Jesus to stop milling around and focus.
Jesus said, “I let you come in here because you said you had something I would find valuable. So let’s get to it. I do have a lot on my mind right now so if you don’t start talking you won’t get a chance to talk.”
Carlos coolly looked down to the knife held at his throat and calmly suggested, “If you’re that busy, I can come back another time. Of course I already know who is hunting for you. The federales busted your drug operation, rounded up all the farmers, and have started squeezing all their known associates and family members. The federales are currently getting warrants and reinforcements readied to finish off your organization.”
Jesus lowered the knife, and Carlos could see a little flicker of fear across his eyes.
Jesus then smirked, “Do you really think I’m frightened by them? They who have been on my payroll for the last ten years? I’ll be back on top again, this is just a temporary setback. Every business has them.”
Carlos responded with conviction, “Not this time. The federales are not taking any chances this time. Due to political pressure and NAFTA agreements, they have invited in the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency to help make an example of you and your export business endeavors. Most of the politicians and police that were on your payroll have all been jailed if they didn’t get shot while running.
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