EL PASO, Texas, March 8. – With the penetration of Mexican drug traffickers in Europe, the British authorities hope to learn some research techniques and tactics that the U.S. organizations have faced and have developed over the decades in the long and complicated border problems with Mexico.
Three secret police agencies against organized crime in the UK began a series of meetings with U.S. officials in the border city of El Paso to address the situation of drug gangs. The British company is known as SOCA for its acronym in English.
“The most important lesson we have shared with the SOCA is that, if they are unprepared to face the Mexican cartels, they will spread like a cancer and will underpin the economy and society with the intention to ‘legitimize’ their ill-gotten gains “Oscar said Thursday Hagelsieb, Office of Safety Research National Service attached to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE acronym in English) in El Paso. They should also be aware of the violence which undoubtedly will happen.
Hagelsieb said authorities believe the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel has drug distribution networks in England and has also established positions in France and Holland, among other places in Europe.
Without offering details, Hagelsieb said Mexican criminal groups had tried before to have a presence in Europe, “but not to the extent that we see now.”
“The Sinaloa cartel is the first that can have a global impact,” he said.
British agents met with U.S. authorities in Texas to discuss the tactics of surveillance, special operations teams and cybercrime units.
The officers will travel to Miami next week to learn from the U.S. port operations. On Thursday observed the manner in which ICE investigators discovered a load of marijuana hidden in a car at a crossing in El Paso.
The SOCA was created in 2006 and has a mission to investigate drug trafficking, criminal organizations, the cybercrime, counterfeiting, and the use of firearms and theft of substantial amounts.
In a statement read by one of the British police, the agency said it wanted the presence of its members in El Paso because “it is always better to be exposed to the problems and the environment first hand.”
“We learn from the special agents of the impact local, regional and large scale international drug trafficking reported that happens in this border,” according to the text.
Hagelsieb explained specific actions against criminal groups. “We can input intercept points before crossing back and forth,” he said.