The Mexican cartels have become transnational organizationswith the power to influence U.S. elections and are the new face of organized crime, worse than the Mafia, according to the director of the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Chicago, Jack Riley.
“We never saw a criminal organization as well focused, with such good business sense as well as fierce and violent,” said Special Agent.
In his opinion, after the death of Osama Bin Laden, “El Chapo” became the most feared and wanted criminal in the world, “with insurmountable power to influence, bribe and kill”.
“So much power even fears for political stability in Mexico,” said Riley, who said the war against drug cartels led by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and collaboration “never seen” by the Mexican authorities to extradite members of the posters.
One of them is Vicente Zambada Niebla, the son of one of the capos of the Sinaloa Cartel, who will be tried in Chicago next year for his alleged role in the importation of more than one ton of drugs to the U.S. and a washing $ 500 million.
According to Riley, a possible life sentence “Vicentillo” will be a blow to the organization, which anyway would not “extend its influence and tentacles” in the U.S., Central and South America, Europe and Africa.
The head of the DEA spoke of the importance of Chicago as a drug distribution center trafficked mainly by the Sinaloa Cartel, but cells were discovered lately Los Zetas.
Cocaine is produced in Colombia, Bolivia and Peru and Colombian heroin is, but the importation and distribution in the United States is Mexican, and the return transfer of large amounts of cash for all modes of transportation available.
Riley said that in Chicago, with its large Mexican population, traffickers have ways to “blend in neighborhoods without arousing suspicion,” associating with gang members who are responsible for retail sale.
“We have in this region registered 80 000 gang members whose main source of income is the sale of drugs supplied by Mexican wholesalers,” he said.
“It’s an explosive mix of cultures and languages that often becomes chaotic and very violent,” he said.
Riley said the marijuana introduced to the United States by the Sinaloa Cartel comes mostly from Mexico, but also “there is much alarm” because it occurs in the northern forests of the neighboring state of Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
“While Chicago is located in the center of the United States, for the marijuana trade is as if we border with Mexico. We can not bury our heads in the sand and ignore it,” he said.
According to the director, the gains from trade in marijuana, “the poster enable the realization of their other criminal activities such as trafficking in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines.”
Riley said federal agents discovered ten places in remote areas of Wisconsin where they suspected of working for the Sinaloa Cartel cared about 10 000 plants of marijuana, armed with AK-47.
In the Chicago area, and to a lesser scale, also grows the drug cartel to make a supply chain to their best markets without interruption.
The high season for the transportation of marijuana to Chicago from January to March, when the harvest is done in Mexico, often hidden in trucks and under fruits and other foods.
Riley said in the interview that the cities of Chicago and Atlanta have become major marijuana distribution centers and are “protected by the Sinaloa Cartel with a violence inconceivable.”
Recent media reports attributed to a police source that cartel members, including a squad of assassins called “Scorpion” have committed murders of rivals in Chicago.
“In the next 20 years we will have to deal with these groups of incredible danger. El Chapo Guzman is eaten raw when fiercest of Italian mafia,” concluded Riley