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.

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.

Gregory Nevano describes how Mexican cartels benefit from human smuggling of migrants
July 7, 2019

Gregory Nevano, Assistant Director at ICE Homeland Security Investigations, describes the problems of human smuggling and trafficking at the southwestern border, which have intensified with the wave of migration from Central America.

Border Patrol chief Carla Provost, on sending troops to the border
July 6, 2019

On June 20, 2019, U.S. Border Patrol chief Carla Provost testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security on the importance of assistance provided to U.S. Border Patrol by deployments from the Department of Defense to the southern border.