Mexican Drug Cartels

Huge Mexican drug trafficking organizations with extensive distribution networks in the United States create a special need for proper control of US borders.

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.

The U.S. Border Patrol stands at the front line of national defense
December 17, 2019

A Breitbart video shows men working for Los Zetas, a large Mexican drug cartel, patrolling the streets of the Texas border town of Rio Bravo. The conclusion that the U.S. Border Patrol stands at the front line of national defense is reasonably drawn from this episode.

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.

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.

Sophisticated marijuana smuggling organization with ties to Sinaloa Cartel
November 30, 2019

A sophisticated organization with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel smuggled thousands of pounds of marijuana through the Sonoran Desert into Arizona. 18 defendants have been convicted for activities connected with this smuggling operation; all but one of them are foreign nationals.

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.

Mexican cartels control human smuggling across the southern border
October 6, 2019

U.S. government immigration officials testify before Congress that Mexican drug cartels are in complete control of human smuggling at the U.S. southern border. U.S. immigration policy incentivizes human smuggling similar to how narcotics trafficking is incentivized.

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.