Drug Trafficking in the U.S.

This topic covers drug trafficking in the U.S, where it is conducted by Hispanic street gangs, whose ranks are bolstered by illegal immigrants, or by organizations connected with or operated by Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

Drug smuggling tunnel exit discovered 300 yards from CBP port of entry in Otay Mesa
April 11, 2020

The exit for a tunnel containing $30 million of illegal drugs was discovered 300 yards from the CBP port of entry in Otay Mesa, San Diego. A man was placed under arrest and has admitted to participating in tunnel construction, control and smuggling activities.

Accused Rio Grande Valley cocaine trafficker with cartel connections asks to be released due to coronavirus
April 10, 2020

A Starr County man implicated in a major drug trafficking case has asked the judge to release him from jail due to coronavirus concerns. The defendant is one of three men accused in a federal indictment for conspiring to possess and distribute cocaine.

Mexican drug cartels and Chinese money launderers
February 6, 2020

The Drug Enforcement Agency's 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment reviews Mexican drug cartel activity in the U.S., which generates for the cartels billions of dollars in revenues annually. The DEA also describes novel money laundering schemes.

Marijuana extract from Mexico could be a cause of vaping injuries
December 14, 2019

A high-THC marijuana extract being smuggled into the U.S could be the cause of injuries and deaths recently connected with vaping. This "crude oil" is produced by Mexican drug cartels to compensate for the relatively low THC levels in natural Mexican marijuana.

Sharp increase in fentanyl overdose deaths in El Paso County, Colorado
December 13, 2019

Fentanyl overdose deaths have increased sharply in El Paso County, Colorado, as fentanyl abuse has shifted westward. The deadly results of rising use of this synthetic opioid are accentuated in Colorado Springs, due to its location near a major interstate highway intersection.

Carlos Mendoza Serrato, methamphetamine distributor for the CJNG in Minnesota
December 12, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the sentencing of Carlos Mendoza Serrato for organizing the distribution of methamphetamine in Minnesota. Court documents and the defendant's guilty plea reveal connections with the CJNG cartel in Mexico.

Proliferating Methamphetamine Abuse in San Diego County
December 11, 2019

A new report from the San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force shows how methamphetamine abuse has been growing in that region. This development is not surprising, in light of the fact that San Diego is a primary methamphetamine distribution hub for Mexican drug cartels.

Border Patrol in Nogales discovers 124th cross-border tunnel since 1990
December 6, 2019

The Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol has discovered its 124th cross-border tunnel, starting from 1990. It was discovered beneath the streets of Nogales, Arizona. Judging from its construction, it was probably dug by drug traffickers.

Chicago is a key drug trafficking hub for Mexican cartels
November 29, 2019

A new Intelligence Report from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration explains how and why Chicago has become a key drug trafficking hub for Mexican drug trafficking organizations. The primary factors are Chicago's vast commercial infrastructure and favorable demographics.

Multi-agency investigation revealed a Mexican cartel distribution hub in rural Virginia
November 29, 2019

A multi-agency investigation lasting more than two years revealed a Mexican cartel distribution hub in rural Virginia. The distribution hub was a component in a larger drug trafficking network operated by the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación, based in Jalisco, Mexico.

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