Monday, December 20, 2010

ICE: D.C. drug plan tied to cartel

A federal grand jury in Washington has indicted nine people on charges of conspiring to sell large quantities of crystal methamphetamine in the nation's capital as part of an operation directed by drug-cartel bosses in Mexico, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Wednesday. The indictments were returned Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia following the arrest of eight of the nine suspects at various locations in Atlanta and Winston-Salem, N.C. The ninth person remains at large. The indictment says the drug operation was tied to La Familia, a violent Mexico-based gang that has killed 20 Mexican federal police and military officers in attacks this year. According to an affidavit in the case, the cartel is known to distribute large quantities of cocaine, marijuana and crystal methamphetamine. Based in the Mexican state of Michoacan, about 100 miles southeast of Guadalajara, La Familia has quietly moved its drug operations into the United States. It is one of the Mexican government's highest priorities in its often deadly war against drug-trafficking gangs. Formerly allied with the infamous Gulf cartel, it split off on its own in 2006...more

Now that they are in D.C., instead of Deming, will Bingaman & Udall finally take note?

How about showing us you recognize the problem by removing S. 1689 from the Omnibus Public Lands Bill.

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