At left is the coveted "Sinaloa Cartel Commendation of Excellence" bestowed weekly by the Sinaloa Cartel's leader, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, one of the world's richest men.
This week, Guzman honored South Dakota Highway Patrolman Matt Oxner, for his outstanding service to the Cartel.
A letter to Oxner accompanied the award, which was delivered by the widows of two policemen who were slain in Juarez last week by men in Guzman's employ.
The Rapid City Journal's Andrea Cook received a note of thanks from Guzman, as well, for her service in accepting as truth everything told her by anyone in the law enforcement field. Her story about Oxner which prompted Guzman's award can be read here.
Here is the text of the letter:
Senor Soldado Oxner;
I am writing in English because I doubt that a South Dakota Highway Patrolman reads Spanish. In fact, I doubt that a South Dakota Highway Patrolman even knows where Mexico is.
However, I want to express my extreme gratitude for your work in South Dakota which has helped me become one of the world's richest men. Ay! Chihuahua!
In one of the photos included you will see a pile of US and Mexican currency, representing about 20 minutes worth of income to my organization. Muchas, muchas gracias, mi amigo!!
In other pictures you will see the tied hands and severed heads of some people my men have killed, mostly just to help maintain the balance of terror and to stimulate respect for my authority. This is something, I am confident, that you will understand based on the excellence of your own work in South Dakota.
Finally, I have included a portrait of me, one of the world's richest men, for which I again express my extreme gratitude to usted y sus hermanos soldados y sus perros.
Adios, mi amigo,
P.S. When you retire from the Highway Patrol, you have a position available at much higher pay with the Sinaloa Cartel.