Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DEA Warns of New Hits Against Border Agents

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has quietly told its law enforcement partners along the border that they should be prepared for a new wave of cross-border violence aimed squarely at them, according to the website Homeland Security Today, which says that it obtained the information from an internal bulletin sent to local anti-terrorism fusion centers: "The bulletin said DEA’s source of information had stated that the drug transporters are to 'shoot it out with law enforcement' or suffer similar consequences from Gulf Cartel leadership." “'While this information mostly relates to those southern border states with a large Gulf Cartel influence,' the fusion center’s alert said, it also cautioned that the intelligence indicated '… a possible new trend in violence toward US law enforcement.'" According to the website, "the Tijuana Cartel is suspected of having been behind the 'death threats' traffickers made against Nogales city police after two of its off-duty police officers seized a quarter million dollars worth of pot they’d found while horseback riding just outside the city. The smugglers fled back into Mexico, leaving behind their vehicle with the dope." "More recently, on May 11, [Zapata County, Texas Sheriff Sheriff Sigifredo] Gonzalez told the House Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management 'these smugglers will not hesitate to engage law enforcement in the US.'...more

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