Tuesday, May 28, 2024

'Wide-open border': Mexican cartels' presence in U.S. explodes with Biden


At the heart of the deadliest drug epidemic in American history are two powerful transnational criminal organizations notorious for drug-trafficking and violence – and their influence is growing dramatically under the Biden administration, a veteran Drug Enforcement Administration agent and fentanyl expert tells WND.

According to a new DEA report, Mexico’s Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels are not only operating fentanyl, methamphetamine and other illicit drug markets in all 50 American states, but they are also taking over the distribution of these substances from local drug dealers and gangs.

"The Sinaloa Cartel is one of Mexico’s oldest criminal organizations, and one of the most violent and prolific polydrug-trafficking cartels in the world," the report states. Likewise, it reveals, "the Cartel Jalisco Nueva GeneraciĆ³n, or Jalisco Cartel, is one of Mexico’s most powerful and ruthless criminal organizations, and another key driver of fatal drug poisonings in the United States."

Drug overdose deaths reached 107,543 in the United States in 2023. An estimated 74,202 deaths – nearly 70% – were attributed to synthetic opioids, specifically fentanyl, in 2023. And Derek Maltz, a former head of the DEA’s Special Operations Division, in an interview with WND affirms that Mexican cartels are largely responsible...more

U.S. gunmakers ask high court to block lawsuit by Mexico

The Supreme Court could soon decide whether the Mexican government can sue U.S. gun manufacturers, arguing that America’s gun industry is partly responsible for mayhem committed by drug cartels.

Mexico claims the companies engaged in bad business by selling guns that hold more than 10 rounds, including semiautomatic rifles. The Mexican government, which says the guns were smuggled across the border to commit crimes, is asking for billions in damages and for the court to impose an injunction on the companies so they have to meet new safety requirements.

“Mexico’s suit has no business in an American court,” wrote Noel Francisco, former President Donald Trump’s solicitor general and a current partner at the law firm Jones Day, which specializes in antitrust cases and is representing the gun companies.

Those being sued are: Smith & Wesson Brands Inc., Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc., Glock Inc., Beretta U.S.A. Corp., Witmer Public Safety Group Inc., Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc., Interstate Arms, Colt’s Manufacturing Co. and Century International Arms Inc.

In their appeal to the Supreme Court, the companies argue that the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong in permitting Mexico’s lawsuit to move forward, warning that other foreign governments could file lawsuits

In their appeal to the Supreme Court, the companies argue that the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong in permitting Mexico’s lawsuit to move forward, warning that other foreign governments could file lawsuits...more

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Colorado wolf found dead last month was likely killed by a mountain lion, federal officials say


The reintroduced Colorado wolf found dead last month in Larimer County likely died after being attacked by a mountain lion, according to a necropsy conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The gray wolf was one of 10 released in December in Colorado’s central mountains as part of a voter-mandated reintroduction effort. The wolf is the first of the group to die, bringing the state’s known population of wolves to 11 — including two wolves remaining from a pack established earlier from wolves that had migrated from Wyoming.

The wolf was found dead on April 18 and collected by the Fish and Wildlife Service. A necropsy completed by the federal agency found the wolf died as a result of trauma from predation.

“Although not definitive, the puncture wounds in the skull are consistent with those typically inflicted by a mountain lion,” spokesman Joe Szuszwalak said Tuesday in an email...more

Chicken farmers stuck with uncertainty, massive loans in wake of Tyson Foods closures


Timothy Bundren's chicken barns are all standing empty since Tyson cancelled his growing contract last year. His operation near Harrison, Arkansas, was photographed on March 31 (Julie Anderson, for Investigate Midwest)

Timothy Bundren must have heard wrong.

The sun wasn’t up yet. He was still groggy from starting his morning routine of walking through chicken barns.

His phone rang and his contact with the global meat company headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, just two hours south of his farm, started telling him he would no longer be raising chickens.

Bundren, 52, didn’t believe him at first. Just hours later, he was supposed to meet with the bank about another loan to buy the farm down the road. Bundren waited an hour and then called the man back.

The news didn’t change, but the weight sunk in.

Tyson Foods closed four meatpacking plants that day in North Little Rock, Arkansas; Noel and Dexter, Missouri; and Corydon, Indiana. Bundren lives near the plants closed in Missouri and Arkansas. Because of this, the company canceled Bundren’s contract to raise broiler chickens...more

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