Friday, January 20, 2012

DOJ: Sinaloa Cartel’s Influence Extends Well Beyond Border Into ‘Much’ of the U.S.

The Sinaloa criminal cartel uses its control of drug corridors on both sides of the Arizona-Mexico border to extend its influence well beyond the border area into “much of the United States,” according to the Department of Justice. U.S. prosecutors have described Sinaloa as “one of the largest narcotics trafficking organizations in the world.” A member of the cartel, who is facing federal charges in Chicago, claims that he was allowed to traffic tons of drugs into the United States under an immunity deal granted by the U.S. government in exchange for information on rival cartels – a deal allegedly linked to the aborted law enforcement operation known as “Fast and Furious.”  The DOJ’s 2011 analysis focuses on HIDTA regions in Arizona. “The Arizona HIDTA region is a major entry point for illicit drugs, particularly marijuana and heroin, transported from Mexico to the United States,” it states. “Approximately half of the marijuana smuggled from Mexico typically transits Arizona HIDTA counties. Seizure statistics indicate that Mexican traffickers are increasing marijuana and heroin smuggling from Mexico into the region. “The Sinaloa Cartel represents the greatest organized criminal drug threat in the Ari­zona HIDTA counties through its continued dominance over drug trafficking into and through the region.”...more 

Here are some excerpts from the report:

Mexican-based TCOs dominate the supply,
trafficking, and wholesale distribution of
most illicit drugs in the United States. Various
other TCOs operate throughout the country,
but none impacts the U.S. drug trade as significantly
as Mexican-based traffickers. Reasons
for Mexican organizations’ dominance include
their control of smuggling routes across the
U.S. Southwest Border and their capacity to
produce, transport, and/or distribute cocaine,
heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine.

The Southwest Border remains the primary
gateway for moving illicit drugs into
the United States. Most illicit drugs available in
the United States are smuggled overland
across the Southwest Border, although increased
border security appears to be forcing
traffickers to increase their use of alternative
methods such as noncommercial vessels and
ultralight aircraft.

Increasing cooperation among Sureños
gangsi in the Southwest Region, including
alliances within correctional facilities, will
increase their involvement in wholesale smuggling
and will help the southern Californiabased
La Eme prison gang solidify its influence
over most Sureños gangs in the border
region.43 Sureños gang members have migrated
from southern California to cities in Arizona,
New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas,
increasing cooperation among Sureños gang
members within and outside correctional
facilities in the Southwest. Such migration
will continue for the foreseeable future.
Sureños gang members, particularly those
from southern California, are also migrating to
other areas of the country, including locations
in the Great Lakes, Pacific, and West Central
Regions, in an apparent effort to expand their
drug distribution operations.

The primary gateway for illicit drug smuggling
to the United States is the Southwest
Border. Smugglers under the direction of
Mexican traffickers move most of the cocaine,
heroin, foreign-produced marijuana, and
foreign-produced methamphetamine available
in this country through, between, and around
land border crossings in Arizona, California,
New Mexico, and Texas (see Figure 1). Traffickers
use every other avenue imaginable—
air, sea, and the U.S.–Canada border—to
smuggle drugs into the United States, but the
volume moved across the U.S.–Mexico border
significantly exceeds that moved through all
other routes combined.

Mexican TCOs are increasingly avoiding
Southwest Border security by smuggling
illicit drugs using ultralight aircraft. Smuggling
via ultralights has increased since 2008,
with several hundred incidents reported in
FY2010.69 Most incidents occur in central
Arizona and western New Mexico.70 Loads
can exceed 100 kilograms and mainly involve

Violent infighting among rival Mexican
TCOs, at least partially attributable to
competition over control of lucrative crossing
points along the Southwest Border, is
occurring mainly on the Mexico side of the
border. Criminal activity such as kidnappings
and home invasion robberies directed
against individuals involved in drug trafficking
has been reported in some U.S. border
communities, but limitations on the data
make it difficult to assess whether such
activity is increasing. Despite an overall
decline in general violence from 2009 to
2010, incidents of violence directed against
U.S. law enforcement officers over the past
year increased in many areas along the
Southwest Border, apparently as a result of
heightened counterdrug operations.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Obama says there isn't a problem on the border. The Libs believe him until they find a decapitated head in the Hollyweird brush and the MSM makes a big deal out of it.
Control the border and vote Obama out of office in Nowember and start on the road to recovery.