“Six of the eight cartels currently have command and control networks operating in the state and move drugs and people into the United States while carrying cash, weapons and stolen vehicles into Mexico,” said the report.
The “Summary of Threats to Public Safety Texas 2013″, released by the Department of Public Safety (DPS), said to be a “top priority” in severely obstruct the scope and power of Mexican drug organizations.
“The impact of crime cartels is painfully obvious when we look at our neighbors in Mexico, with about 60,000 deaths since 2006 and continuing cases of brutal torture,” he said during the presentation of the report, DPS director Steve McCraw.
The report was based on information and perspectives of law enforcement, gathered from multiple national security agencies.
The report noted that state prison gangs are the second greatest threat of organized crime in Texas.
“Many gangs are now working directly with Mexican cartels, who earn substantial profits from drug trafficking,” he said.
“The prison gangs operating inside and outside the prison system, and are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violent crime,” he added.
The report said that “criminal aliens” who may not be affiliated with cartels or gangs, also pose a threat.
He said that “from October 2008 to December 2012, Texas has identified a total of 141,982 foreign nationals held in prisons throughout Texas.
The report also warned that “criminal organizations and individuals are involved in the exploitation and trafficking of children for profit”, including extortion, forced labor, sexual assault and prostitution.
Topped that currently takes into Texas 76,272 registered sex offenders and at least 60,871 of these were as a child victim or child.