A law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity described the scene at the McLellands' home as an awful scene where the door appeared to have been kicked in. "There are shell casings everywhere," the official said. "This is unprecedented. This is unbelievable. This is huge."
Last month Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down outside the local courthouse by two men in tactical gear who remain at large, and authorities fear the murders may be connected to a retaliatory plot by Mexican cartels.Mike Vigil, retired chief of international operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said "regardless who carried out the Kaufman County attacks, the link to Mexican drug cartels is clear" as reported by the Houston Chronicle:
"It really paints a portrait of individuals who are either affiliated with Mexican drug trafficking organizations -- either directly or indirectly -- or individuals who have learned (their) tactics," Vigil said. In Mexico, an ongoing war between drug cartels and security forces has turned regions of the country into lawless lands, where cartel hit men have shown no hesitation to spray people with gun fire in their homes or businesses, or kick down their doors and disappear them in the night. "It could be a world of possibilities," he continued. "But it is a common tactic used by Mexican drug cartels and it is signature given the fact that this is what they do in Mexico."
Last week the Texas Department of Public Safety released a report identifying the Mexican drug cartels as the greatest threat to the Lone Star State as reported by KWTX: "six cartels have command and control networks in the state, moving drugs and people into the United States, and transporting cash, weapons and stolen vehicles back to Mexico." Former Texas Ranger Mark Leger says "Mexican drug cartels are a real and present threat to Central Texas," and "sometimes, the general public doesn't have any idea that there are gangs operating in their cities and towns."
The drug cartels freelance their retail distribution and enforcement work to local street and prison gangs across the United States, and have recently been targeting both Mexican and U.S. law enforcement officials for assassination.
In the past the Kaufman District Attorney's Office assisted in a federal investigation targeting the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas which allegedly is a methamphetamine distributor for the Gulf cartel as reported by Dave Gibson for the Examiner.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration naively -- or is it cynically? -- continues to insist that the border is secure, there is no evidence of drug-related spillover violence, and American citizens have no need to own semi-automatic rifles and standard-capacity magazines for personal protection.Further reading that may be of interest: