The Mexican criminal drug cartels are sophisticated as they are deadly and dangerous (see Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkwRpInkuCg) . It is routine today to hear of heavily armed bad guys coming across the border, scouts leading the way – with their contraband of drugs and human beings. See execution video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhMobuDCzPQ&feature=related
They dominate the wholesale illict drug market in the United States, with annual sales of $13.6 – 48.4 Billion U.S, according to some estimates.
The cartels control upwards to 70% of the foreign narcotics that flow into the United States. They are for the most part ruthless and violent organizations. They even recruit students in schools as runners (see video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJsmr0suhl0&feature=fvst)…
These cartels are composed of a hybrid of many of the worst elements of organized crime. The cartels have members and associates that include terrorist cells, international espionage agencies and foreign military services.
They traffic in drugs, weapons, money, extortion, blackmail, assassination, sabotage, money laundering, identity theft, corruption, violence…just to name a few. There into all kinds of stuff and they leave a wake of death, doom, destruction where ever they go. Recently 9 decapitated heads were found (see Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oylWrxvuDqM&feature=related).
TENTACLES EXTEND DEEP INSIDE AMERICA
Their tentacles have extended deep into American society, and in some cases can translate into direct political action that can influence the outcomes of local and state elections in this country…
Cross border violence is also becoming more common place in our major cities. Phoenix now is considered the kidnap capitol of America for example.
This places an incredible burden on law enforcement, as you can imagine.
In addition the cartels have a corrupting influence on both sides of the border. Which is not unique phenomena whenever there is that much money and illicit drugs and contraband involved. Afghanistan is a prime example of another narco state where corruption is epidemic.
I have a thick file on my desk of news clippings that makes the case.
In 2009 for example a former sheriff of star county, Texas Rey Guerra, plead guilty to federal narcotic charges. He admitted to facilitating intelligence information that helped Mexican drug traffickers invade the United States and evade counter narcotics efforts.
His case is most interesting, because he acted more as a foreign intelligence operative, which we found as most unusual case, that highlights also some of the other problems we have.
SPY NETWORKS THAT RECRUIT PEOPLE INSIDE GOVERNMENT
In this respect the Mexican criminal cartels have a layer of intelligence that better resembles foreign recruitment of spies during the cold war than traditonal criminal enterprise.
With huge amounts of money paid to these officials if the cooperate allow these criminals and bandits to traffic people and drugs into our land.
The cost of this culture of criminality and corruption is blasting border states and spreading outwards like tentacles into America. With the establishment of shadow networks involved in retail drug trafficking at the street level by gang members in almost every major city in the United States. Some more notorious than others…
The raise of the Mexican mafia in certain area is also evidence of that cartel corruption is spreading in society.
THE LINE IN THE SAND
Our first line of defense is the FBI which is incapable really of dealing with the situation. They are stretched too thin, many agents say trying deal with federal crimes and domestic terrorism concerns.
Currently local sheriffs in border states have evolved into doing double duty as agents of interpol, trying to combat what is in effect transnational crime on a local basis. We know from talking with sheriff deputies now in Arizona and Texas that admit they are “outgunned” in many cases by the cartels.
The U.S. recently have Mexico $1.5 billion dollars to fight the cartels. Frankly speaking, that money, would have been better spent on the Texas national guard who we know needs more equipment, more money and more troops to capture the bad guys and assist the border patrol do their job.
Even in North Carolina the violence from Mexican drug gangs is felt (see video “MS-13 Drug Gang Violence in Charlotte”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwohO695p-8&feature=related). “A lot of the drugs trace back to Mexico”, says Jesus Mendez, an illegal alien from Mexico, working in Charlotte who rode in the back of a U-Haul van for 2 days and nights carrying about a ton of “weed” into North Carolina from Texas about 2 years ago. Like most illegals he came here to seek money to support relatives in Mexico. Mendez said he knows Mexican drug cartel members are active in Charlotte, but refuses to identify them or come forward with specific information to the police for two reasons: 1) fear of being killed and 2) fear of being deported back to Mexico.
Chavez, who declined to give her last name says much the same thing, but refuses to discuss anything about her involvement with MS-13 and is only identifiable as a member by a tattoo on her left arm. She does admit many of the MS-13 members are here primarily because of drugs from Mexico. She also declined an opportunity to come forward with any information to the local police without saying why. Within the illegal immigrant community the local police are avoided because many fear deportation back to Mexico. Human trafficking and drugs go hand in hand in many cases (see http://www.foxcharlotte.com/news/sc-news/Human-Trafficking-Cases-On-The-Rise-In-Charlotte-Area-126380243.html).
Nowhere are we immune from the influence of the Mexican drug cartels, it seems.