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Friday, March 02, 2007

Mexican drug trafficers and 18 tons of narcotics

Originally posted at Right Truth

You load 18 tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt... No, you get U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales conducting a 20-month operation that dismantled the Victor Emilio Cazares-Gastellum network, which smuggled cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from Mexico and distributed it across the United States. That includes arrests of 400 people, seizing over 18 tons of narcotics, and $45 million in cash.

The operation was code-named "Operation Imperial Emperior". Arrests were made in California, Arizona and Illinois. Authorities said the cartel employed U.S. citizens and Mexican nationals, who distributed the drugs in 23 States. (CBN)

Police nabbed 66 people in coordinated raids across four states, bringing the total number of arrests to more than 400, he told a news conference in San Diego, California. [snip]

Mexican cartels now dominate drug trafficking in the United States, are taking over areas once controlled by Colombians and even grow cannabis in U.S. territory, the International Narcotics Control Board said in its annual report.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said the latest operation netted more than 13.5 tonnes of marijuana, 4.7 tonnes of cocaine, hundreds of pounds (kg) of methamphetamine and heroin, and $45.2 million in drug proceeds. [snip]

The investigation also led to the seizure of $6.1 million in property and assets, roughly 100 weapons and 94 vehicles. [snip]

Court papers set out how the Victor Emilio Cazares-Gastellum network brought Colombian and Venezuelan drugs to Mexico through Central America, hauling them north in motor vehicles and planes.

Once in Mexico, the narcotics were smuggled into the United States through various points of entry along the porous 2,000-mile (3,200-km) border. (Reuters)

More from CBN:

Among the cache collected by the Drug Enforcement Administration were 27,229 pounds of marijuana; 9,512 pounds of cocaine; 705 pounds of methamphetamine; 227 pounds of pure methamphetamine, or "ice"; 11 pounds of heroin; ...

The drugs were distributed in Nevada, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Colorado, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Washington and Oregon.

Is this operation a success? Yes, of course it is and we need to see many more like it. However, if the border were not so open, the Mexican drug cartels wouldn't have such an easy time crossing the border. Of course when you have the Mexican military at war with the U.S. border patrol and assisting the drug cartels, what more can we expect.

There is a new movie, "Border", which the producers hope someone in Hollywood will pick up and distribute nationally, which shows that we have Mexican military coming across our borders and attacking our border patrols. That my friends is considered an act of war. Our government doesn't even want to admit that the border needs securing.

Other reading:

Banning the term Illegal Alien, The Violence Worker

I guess that it then, Muslim cabbies refuse fares, Bear Creek Ledger

Keep On Truckin, stickNstein

Playing Nice With Illegal Aliens, Liberally Conservative

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