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.

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.

Apprehensions of known gang members by the U.S. Border Patrol
October 5, 2019

Total apprehensions of known gang members by the U.S. Border Patrol have been following the pattern of illegal immigration at the southwest border. Approximately one of every thousand illegal aliens caught at the southwest border is recognized as a gang member.

Why have gang-related crime rates in San Diego been surging?
September 26, 2019

Recent cartel turf wars in Tijuana are reviewed in order to suggest, by way of circumstantial evidence, that a new surge in gang violence in San Diego has resulted from an expansion of Mexican cartel wars northward into U.S. territory.

Mexican cartels have a growing role in Fentanyl trafficking in the U.S.
August 4, 2019

At a recent hearing held by the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the role played by Mexican drug cartels in the fentanyl crisis was described by U.S. law enforcement officials.