Fourteen suspected members from the drug-trafficking Schuele Boys Gang have been arrested in Buffalo, NY as reported by WIVB: "the FBI says the alleged gang is the most violent group in Western New York."
The Mexican cartels use the cleared pathways over the oil pipelines from Mexico into Texas as smuggling routes, and "these unpatroled, unmonitored corridors make ideal execution sites for errant couriers, business rivals, informers, and unwitting migrants who stray into the wrong place at the wrong time" as reported by Joe Carroll for BloombergBusinessweek:
For Michael Vickers, a 64-year-old veterinarian, the wave of violence has been overwhelming. In the past two years, 216 corpses have been found near the pipeline pathways within 15 minutes of his doorstep. It’s certain that many more haven’t been found: The wild, unforgiving terrain and fauna hide much evidence. "The wild hogs gobble up a lot," he says.
And the Obama adminstration insists there is no evidence of spillover violence in the United States from the Mexican cartels.
Jimmy "Cosmo" Cournoyer pleaded guilty last year to running a $1 billion drug ring which enlisted the Bonanno and Rizzuto Mafia families, Hells Angels and the Sinaloa cartel which brought hydroponic bud into New York and powder cocaine into Canada, and now in seeking a 30-year prison term Brooklyn federal prosecutors further allege that the trafficking wunderkind "had a cadre of high-priced lawyers in Canada and the United States working to intimidate and threaten underlings into not cooperating with authorities" as reported by Adrian Humphreys for the National Post: "various lawyers helped monitor several criminal cases related to Jimmy Cournoyer's massive cross-border drug trafficking network, probing for tips about investigations, warning co-conspirators against testifying and even offering 'bribes,' pay-offs and 'implied threats of harm to themselves or members of their families,' prosecutors allege." Surely members of the bar -- officers of the court, if you will -- would not be involved in such behavior. Cournoyer will be sentenced on August 20.
Two Mexican nationals "associated to the Zetas drug cartel have been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for attempting to bribe a federal judge" who presided over a $65 million money laundering case in Austin, TX as reported by KXAN: "the complex laundering scheme involved purchasing, breeding, racing and selling some 500 racehorses throughout the southwest." The two wannabe fixers have been credited with time served, and they now will be deported as reported by Texas Lawyer. Daryl Fields, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Texas, says "these felony convictions and removals should disqualify them from legally entering the U.S. in the future." Right. That's the last we'll hear from these two characters. Because our borders are so secure and the risks so outweigh the rewards.
The ongoing trial against pee wee football coach Omar FIdencio Rojas in McAllen, TX is providing "great insight into how drugs are smuggled into the U.S. and about the world of those who involved" including dirty cops as reported by Breitbart: "Rojas is facing a possible life sentenced for his role as the right hand man of Weslaco drug boss Tomas 'El Gallo' Gonzalez, a Mexican Narco who ran ton quantities of marijuana and cocaine from South Texas to Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina and other states throughout the nation."