Five members of Mexico's newly-organized paramilitary police force or gendarmerie were killed after a drug cartel ambushed their convoy in Jalisco state as reported by The Guardian: "Jalisco has been plagued by fighting between the Jalisco 'New Generation' drug cartel and the 'Knights Templar,' a drug gang from the neighbouring state of Michoacán." Three narcos and two bystanders also were killed in the shootout.
The Mexican drug cartels have gotten rich from the lawless American politicians who promote an open border policy.
The Gulf Cartel "made $38 million smuggling illegal aliens during last year's immigration surge" in addition to "taking advantage of the situation to smuggle tons of drugs with little intervention by authorities" for further profit as reported by Ildefonso Ortiz for Breitbart News: "the quantification of the cartel's involvement was made in a report by the top law enforcement agency in Texas."
Hopefully the Mexican cartels understand that under the American system we make campaign contributions to elected representatives whose policies benefit us, and under the guise of the political process they should kick back ten percent of all smuggling fees paid by the illegal aliens to their favorite Democrat officials. It's the right thing to do.
The BBC documentary "Secrets of Mexico's Drug Wars" alleges the American government backed the Sinaloa cartel as reported by Tim Dowling for The Guardian: "it seems unquestionable that the policy of rewarding and protecting informants ran out of control, essentially making the US government an accessory to all sorts of criminal behaviour," and "nowhere was this better illustrated than by" its gun walking operation Fast and Furious which provided thousands of high-powered assault weapons without any tracking devices to Sinaloa enforcers.
Under this theory, the Agency feared the los Zetas drug cartel was becoming too powerful and might even mount a coup against the Mexican government. So some 2,000 weapons costing more than $1.25 million were deliberately channeled to the rival Sinaloa cartel, which operates along the American border, to keep the Zetas in check.
The Mexican cartels move $50 billion in bulk product and bundled cash across the border each year, and have established supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells in hundreds of communities throughout the United States. There is no way that such a well-entrenched operation could be so successfully accomplished without a little help from well-placed friends. Perhaps it would be a useful exercise to investigate the finances of some businessmen who donate campaign funds to American politicians in support of the open border which enables the smooth exchange of drugs and cash.
The Sinaloa cartel has turned Chicago, IL "into one of the nation's largest drug trafficking hubs, replete with the violence and related crimes that come with that designation," and it's taken root in the Mexican neighborhoods as reported by Andrew O'Reilly for Fox News Latino: "Cook County police say that the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village, both of which are about 82 percent Hispanic according to Census data, have become hubs for Sinaloa Cartel associates who traffic heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine across the city and -- with easy access to the Stevenson, Dan Ryan, and Eisenhower Expressways -- across the country." Congressman Luis Gutierrez represents this district dubbed "Mexico of the Midwest" yet the politician for the last twenty years has remained inexplicably silent on cartel control over the territory even though he's otherwise known for his big mouth.
Last year the House Ethics Committee released a report concluding there is "substantial reason" to believe Gutierrez "violated the rules of the House of Representatives and possibly federal law by paying his former chief of staff at least $590,000 in fees over 10 years while the former aide was also working as a lobbyist," and "it plans to continue reviewing the allegations" against the politician as reported by Ed O'Keefe for The Washington Post: "under official House rules, members may use their official budgets only for 'official and representational expenses,'" and "the money cannot be used to pay for 'activities or events that are primarily social in nature, personal expenses, campaign or political expenses."
Gutierrez is no stranger to controversy, and he long has been dogged by critical press for his family's real estate dealings in Chicagoland as reported by the Chicago Tribune: "Over the years, Gutierrez has enjoyed a close relationship with several developers. He has entered into real estate deals with them, and they have helped finance his re-elections." For example, in 2004 Gutierrez "personally lobbied Mayor Richard Daley to back a controversial multimillion-dollar development for a campaign contributor who had just lent the congressman $200,000 in a real estate deal."
Ten suspected degenerate narcos have been charged for their alleged roles in smuggling drugs for the Gulf cartel as reported by Joshua Fechter for the San Antonio Express-News: "during the investigation, law enforcement agencies seized 18 firearms, about $500,000 in cash, more than 37 pounds of methamphetamine and almost 25 pounds of cocaine."
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency "is investigating soccer star Lionel Messi's charity events, Messi and Friends, for possible ties to a Mexican drug cartel" as reported by Fox News Latino: "Messi's charity, which organizes charity soccer games throughout Latin America and the United States, is suspected of laundering money to the Valencia drug cartel, an offshoot of the brutal Sinaloa criminal enterprise."
Funny how organized crime likes to take over and exploit seemingly-legitimate groups for illicit purposes.
Remember back in the day when the Genovese family used to pocket charitable donations to the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy?
A wolf masquerading in sheep's clothing is oldest trick in book.
Los Zetas head Omar Treviño Morales has been captured as reported by Tracy Wilkinson for the Los Angeles Times: "the Zetas are considered the most savage of Mexico's many criminal organizations, having distinguished themselves with beheadings of victims, mass slayings of immigrants and deadly kidnappings and extortion." You don't have to be a psychopath to be a narco but it probably helps.
"I have committed many crimes like an idiot, and I will have to pay for them when the time comes, but I don't plan to do that on this earth," said a man who identifies himself as Servando Gómez, alias La Tuta, in a 24-minute recording, posted on social media. "I am not going to give myself up. I am going to fight until the end."
Maybe La Tuta can convince Luis Gutierrez, the Congressman from Chicago who represents Mexico of the Midwest, that he's being persecuted in order to snag himself some executive amnesty from the Obama Administration.
It used to be that travelers to Mexico were warned against drinking the water in order to avoid Montezuma's revenge.
Now American college kids are being told to completely avoid the country as a spring break destination "because of the danger of drug cartel violence" as reported by Deborah Hastings for the Daily News: "kidnappings, shoot-outs, decapitations and mass grave sites have been reported in resort areas including, Guadalajara, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and other tourist sites."
Local cops in Brisbee, AZ seized 2 tons of wacky weed after stopping a truck on a traffic violation, and federal agents who then joined the investigation discovered a 905-foot smuggling tunnel which linked Mexico and Arizona as reported by KVOA. People still really smoke Mexican swag?