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Six of the eight cartels have Command networks in Texas!

The Mexican drug cartels are the biggest threat of organized crime in Texas, according to an intelligence report, released today which highlights the main risks to public safety entity.

Human trafficking at the Border“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.

“These individuals are responsible for at least 447,844 criminal offenses, including 32 murders and two to five thousand sexual assaults.

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.

 
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Posted by on 03/28/2013 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels, Smuggling

 

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Los Zetas and hezbollah share money laundering ops

Specialists and U.S. authorities confirm the link with terrorist Ayman Joumaa Zetas

laundering and weapons training are the main points in the relationship between Mexican drug cartels and alleged international terrorist groups operating in the country as Hezbollah.

los zetas and hezbollah shre money laundering links

los zetas and hezbollah share money laundering links

Although not confirmed links between drug trafficking and terrorist groups by Mexican authorities, according to experts and a review by the Strategic Studies Institute United States Army War College was raised otherwise.

The presence in our country last year, a member of Hezbollah and two suspected members of the terrorist group also put on alert Mexican authorities and the United States.

According to a study by the international analyst Douglas Farah, in recent years there has been a relationship that involves just business and money laundering between the cartel Los Zetas and the terrorist organization Hezbollah.

The report, which cites U.S. authorities, notes that Los Zetas have the same money launderer Hizbollah: it is a Lebanese criminal named Ayman Joumaa, 48, who is known to have coordinated in collaboration with the Mexican cartel , smuggling of cocaine from Colombia through Central America and Mexico.

In December 2011 the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia said Joumaa is the axis that does business between Los Zetas and Hezbollah without any ideological relationship between the two criminal organizations.

It was on December 12 of that year when, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, for its acronym in English), the U.S. government filed charges against Ayman Joumaa, on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.

The indictment alleges that he and his accomplices introduced drugs from Colombia to Mexico to Los Zetas and the proceeds would be sent and laundered worldwide to finally be placed on business or accounts belonging to Hezbollah.

Facilitator

According to DEA sources quoted at the time, the criminal activities of Joumaa, who is linked to Hezbollah, facilitated the work of “numerous global drug trafficking organizations, including the criminal activities of the cartel Los Zetas . “

The latest reports from the DEA said the Lebanese citizen in Colombia, currently washing over 200 million dollars a month to support the financing of Hezbollah.

During a hearing before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate in March 2012, General Douglas Fraser, head of U.S. Southern Command, noted that the Treasury Department had found connections between two criminal groups.

According to the statements, Ayman Joumaa washed about 850 million to Los Zetas through a Canadian bank, and was also accused of smuggling tons of cocaine.

“Although we have not yet seen any international terrorist groups attempt to capitalize on these routes of transfer, we vigilant of the potential threat that transnational criminal organizations collaborate to introduce terrorists,” said Fraser.

For Senator Arturo Zamora Jimenez, who in 2011 denounced Hezbollah’s presence in our country, based on information from the U.S. House of Representatives, it is certain that there are terrorist groups that movement that are conducting training processes criminal groups.

Hezbollah is a political and military power of the Islamic Shia of Lebanon.

It was designated as a foreign terrorist organization in October 1997 and as a threat to the peace process in the Middle East in January 1995.

 
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Posted by on 01/14/2013 in Crime!, Money Laundering

 

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Mexican drug cartels dominate the world supply of cocaine

They expand in U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas, but also in Asia and Africa,

Mexican drug cartels dominate the world of drugs distribution

Mexican drug cartels dominate the world of drugs distribution

Mexican drug traffickers have spread across all continents, dominating the production, distribution and sale of cocaine, warns an analysis by Stratfor, which specializes in intelligence.

According to the report, cocaine is what has given the cartels greater economic strength and Mexican groups have increased their presence from South America, through Europe and Australia, to Africa.

Regarding the U.S., cartels have increased their presence in outlets in cities like Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.

For the vice president of Stratfor Analysis, Scott Stewart, despite dominating the market for cocaine, trafficking in marijuana and methamphetamine production are still an important source of income for the cartels.

“Cocaine trafficking produces billions of dollars that motivated and fund global expansion of Mexican organized crime groups, to enable them to buy boats and planes, paying smugglers and hitmen or bribe government officials,” the intelligence report .

The company noted that the current situation is very different from the 70s, when the Mexican cartels were hired by Colombian and Central American groups to move cocaine across the U.S. border, and received a payment of about $ 500 thousand per kilo.

Alert growth of Mexican Mafia

Mexican drug cartels are now “major players” in the global cocaine trade and work to seize the party is still out of control, said the private company Stratfor analysis.

According to Stratfor intelligence company specializing in the drug trade economy explains the behavior of Mexican drug cartels and said they have sought and largely succeeded in controlling the production, transportation and sale of cocaine, a drug acquired in approximately 2000-2000 $ 400 per kilo in producing countries and sold more than $ 24,000 in the U.S. and up to ten times more in Australia or Asia.

According to the analysis, the Mexican cartels have a growing role in cocaine trafficking from South America to Europe and Australia, have established presence in Africa, Asia and European countries and intensified efforts in the Dominican Republic and Haiti to increase its stake in the drug smuggling through the Caribbean to the United States.

In that country, the Mexican cartels have increased their presence in distribution points as Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.

Scott Stewart, Stratfor VP of Analysis, recalled that the Mexican cartels are primarily commercial companies and that this is an extremely important factor when considering the motivations of those criminal organizations.

“Several factors differentiated business that have a profound impact on the behavior of the cartels,” he said, mentioning for example the growing and harvesting cycles of marijuana in the Sierra Madre Occidental and the industrialization of the production of methamphetamine.

Both are activities that provide strong returns for cartels, but can not compare to the benefits of the cocaine trade.

“While sales of marijuana have always been an important financial source for the Mexican cartels, the great benefits of the cocaine trade are those that have allowed them to be as powerful as they are today,” appropriated.

According to Stratfor, the cocaine produces “the billions of dollars” that motivated and fund the global expansion of the Mexican organized crime groups, to enable them to buy boats and planes, paying smugglers and “thugs” or bribing officials government.

The organization stressed that the current situation is very different from the 70s, when the Mexican cartels literally were hired by Colombian or Central groups to move cocaine through the border with the United States and received a payment of about $ 500 per thousand kilo.

Currently, the Mexican groups are found in virtually every step of the illegal trade of coca growing regions and especially in the transportation corridors, including consumer and market.

“With a business model of selling cocaine in more than ten times the cost of acquisition, and even more on the cost of production, it is no wonder that the competition between the various Mexican cartels for smuggling corridors through Mexico the United States tends to be very aggressive, “he said.

Stratfor said on its website that “our subscribers gain a thorough understanding of world events for full access to our geopolitical analysis and insight.”

Effects

1. – The governments involved must raise the fight against organized crime from a global perspective, and region to address the phenomenon.

2. – One of the subjects in fighting drug trafficking will be the possible legalization of these substances and whether this strategy would be regional.

 
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Posted by on 01/06/2013 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Re-hashing the Marijuana Business Theory

On Nov. 6, three U.S. states legalized the consumption, production, distribution and sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. Thanks to the voters of Washington, Colorado and Oregon, smoking marijuana in the United States gained ground.

Economic theory seems to be clear: produce drugs legally removed from the criminal business and thus limits their profits

Economic theory seems to be clear: produce drugs legally and removed from the criminal business and thus limits their profits

Beyond the debate of opinions and conflicting reasons and speaking purely in economic terms, the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. would affect Mexican drug traffickers.

So says Alejandro Hope, a researcher at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) and author of the document “If neighbors legalized”, which claims that the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. would generate losses to Mexican cartels for billions dollars.

It happens that if Americans can start buying, cannabis legally produce and market, the market for Mexican gangs engaged in this business for decades, begin to fade.

According to the document, thanks to conditions that protect the enervating legal in several U.S. states, could increase production to meet most of its domestic demand with domestic production, in this scenario, the drug trade in Mexico would receive the biggest shock suffered structural from the massive arrival of cocaine in the late eighties.

In theory, buy marijuana without criminalizing the consumer or the chain of production and distribution would result in a substantial loss of income for Mexican criminal organizations drastically changing their business model and method of operation.

If one considers that between 40 and 70 percent of the marijuana sold in the streets of America is Mexican legalization uniquely affect the drug traffickers ‘national’.

Hope explained that the creation of a legal market for this unnerving in neighboring northern country, represent the movement of illegal exports of marijuana from Mexico.

The IMCO conducted an investigation based on specifying the cost of transporting cannabis from Mexico to 126 U.S. cities and from states that have just legalize consumption.

The results indicate that 110 people legalized marijuana is cheaper than from Mexico illegally creating a pretty daunting scenario for Mexico’s drug cartels engaged in the drug trade.

The legalization of marijuana in three U.S. states for recreational purposes would represent a significant loss for producers and Mexican cartels as it is estimated that illegal groups in Mexico, leaving would receive between 300 and 800 thousand thousand million annually by state .

In Washington legalization could mean a drop of about one thousand 300 million dollars in export revenues of Mexican drug cartels, in Colorado will lose a thousand and $ 400 million in Oregon, the decline would be even stronger with a fall one thousand 800 million dollars.

As a result of this new scenario, it is expected also to have a strong impact on this herb producing areas, but mainly in the “Golden Triangle” (Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua) strategic area where marijuana production is more export oriented.

A week after the controversial vote, Mexico and three Central American countries, called on the OAS to discuss the implications and the impact they will have on the region the recent cases of legalization of the herb.

The reactions of the recent study published by the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness, caused various reactions in the United States. Thomas J. Gorman, Head of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking of Rocky Mountain, said that Mexican cartels would simply take their produce to the north.

“If I were a member of a cartel and knew that the states of Colorado and Washington legalized, get a couple of strawmen and do my business in those states. Why not? “Asked Gorman.

Meanwhile Betty Aldworth, legal director of the “Campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol,” in Colorado, was cautious about the conclusions of the study.

Aldworth said that somehow, IMCO research supports what your group has said in the sense that if it regulates and controls the marijuana market, would end the flow of profits to the Mexican cartels.

Meanwhile, Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico, added that these processes are legalizing marijuana “a paradigm shift on the part of nations with respect to the current international system.”

The truth is that with the legalization of the production, consumption, trade and distribution of marijuana will force the Mexican cartels to change their modus operandi and criminal redirect their efforts to recover the decline will mean this controversial measure.

 
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Posted by on 12/12/2012 in Drugs, Politics

 

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Legalizing marijuana in the U.S. a reverse affect on Mexico!

Mexican drug cartels would potentially lose 20 to 30 percent of revenue, because the Sinaloa cartel would be most affected, would lose up to 50 percent

Legalizing marijuana in the U.S. would affect the Sinaloa Cartels Production!

The legalization of marijuana in some states in the U.S. would significantly reduce Mexico’s drug revenues, providing the largest financial shock in decades, said the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness ( IMCO).

The UN Security Director, Alejandro Hope, estimated at a press conference that revenue would potentially fall 20 to 30 percent from drug trafficking, although the Sinaloa cartel, which would be the most affected, would lose up to 50 percent, was considered.

In his opinion, “this would be favorable to Mexico, in the sense that it would be the biggest financial blow to cartels in decades.”

On 6 November, the states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon, in the United States, shall make consideration of its voters a series of initiatives that, if passed, would legalize the possession, production, distribution and sale of marijuana for recreational use .

The manager explained that this measure is approved must await the reactions of the U.S. government, because the rest of the states will remain illegal activity and could go to court alleging unconstitutional invasion of powers, and that would be a violation of international treaties in the art.

However, he stressed that the initiative achieved and implemented as proposed, would create a legal market for cannabis (marijuana scientific name), which in turn displace the product placed by drug trafficking.

He said the marijuana that would occur in the United States would be of higher quality because it has a high content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive component of the drug.

Based on the assumptions made by the IMCO, explained the manager, a pound of Mexican marijuana sold today in New York over three thousand dollars, would be well above the $ 408 billion it would cost a kilogram of the drug legalized in the United States.

The Mexican narco would have a market share of 36.5 percent marijuana in Washington, Colorado 37.9 percent and 48.9 percent in Oregon, while decreasing potential would be 22.7, 23.5 and 30.4 percent, respectively.

For Alejandro Hope, would have a greater impact in terms of jobs, because marijuana is more labor intensive than other drugs, although it is difficult to estimate whether this staff would be absorbed by other illegal and violent.

In response, the Mexican government considered that will launch alternative development programs in production areas, and monitor the traffic potential in reverse, ie, from the U.S. to Mexico.

 
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Posted by on 11/01/2012 in Crime!, Drugs

 

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Georgia USA, DEA dismantle gang that smuggled drugs from Mexico

The operation, involving  Cobb and Douglas counties, culminated in the arrest of several dealers and members of Mexican drug cartels

Gang busted for smuggling drugs from Mexico to USA via Georgia

Gang busted for smuggling drugs from Mexico to USA via Georgia

A total of thirty-five people, most of them Hispanic, were arrested in an operation that dismantled a gang that smuggled drugs from Mexico, Peru and Ecuador, reported the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) .

In this operation, authorities seized 145 pounds of cocaine and more than three million dollars in cash.

The operation, which also involved Cobb and Douglas counties, culminated in the arrest of several dealers and members of Mexican drug cartels, including Macedo Adan Rios, one of the ringleaders of the gang, which operated in the metropolitan area Atlanta.

Macedo, of Mexican origin and who was arrested on 1 August with 14 other members of the band, had a legal business in Atlanta that used to conceal drug trafficking activities to Atlanta, Florida, New York and Texas.

Authorities also seized seven pounds of amphetamines, a pound of hashish and three weapons as part of the operation, whose investigations began last year.

According to authorities, Atlanta has become in recent years in a major drug distribution center on the east coast of the United States to Mexican cartels.

 
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Posted by on 08/09/2012 in Crime!, Drugs

 

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Mexican cartels buy gun parts in US not controlled by gun laws

This practice is not sanctioned by the gun control laws, warned intelligence firm Stratfor

The Mexican cartels have adopted a new method of obtaining supplies of weapons in the U.S., to buy parts in a legal practice that is not sanctioned by the gun control laws, warned intelligence firm Stratfor.

The global security institution said in an analysis posted on its website that an “important emerging source” of supply is an example of how cartels adapt to the measures ordered by U.S. authorities to stop arms trafficking.

Stratfor said that drug gangs are buying parts of variants of AR-15 rifles, M16 and M4, known as “lower receiver 80 percent,” which becomes the center of the weapon, which was then assembled other components.

In a rifle, the lower receiver is where the manufacturer prints the serial number that serves as a record for the parts.

When sold separately as a single piece, the lower receiver has no serial number, and under federal law are not considered as a weapon, so it can be marketed without a license in any amount and any person, Stratfor said.

By having the lower receiver, you can build an AR-15 rifle, M16 or M4, by purchasing additional parts required, such as the bolt, trigger and barrel, all of which can be obtained in a similar way as any is considered a firearm.

Only when the weapon is fully assembled, then it is considered a firearm and is subject to the federal weapons intelligence firm said.

The sale of receivers below 80 percent is aimed at enthusiasts who enjoy these artifacts to arm themselves.

Stratfor said that according to reports from the Bureau of Alcohol, Snuff, Explosives and Firearms (ATF), assembled such weapons have also begun to appear in increasing numbers in Mexico.

The vast majority of semi-automatic rifles bought in the U.S. and smuggled into Mexico are transformed by dealers working for the cartels, empowering them to be fully automatic, he said.

These same dealers, Stratfor said, are capable of making the lower receiver assembly 80 percent and complete the weapon.

The assembly process is not difficult, and can also be bought legally in specialized manuals for it, plus they are placed online instructional videos to help in the process, he added.

A competent gunsmith with experience can combine the pieces and finish the weapon quickly and easily in an hour or less, he said.

In the article, Stratfor looks at how the Mexican drug cartels are adapting to the recent increase in surveillance in the American Southwest to detect the smuggling of weapons into Mexico.

 

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