Reality Check: Cartels are here and they are operating in all 50 states


Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Important Takeaways:

  • The details: The DEA report found the extremely violent Jalisco and Sinaloa cartels are dominating the U.S. drug trade for meth and fentanyl, with thousands of cartel-linked foot soldiers operating within the 50 states. The report says:
    • “Together, the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels have caused the worst drug crisis in U.S. history.”
    • The cartels have “effectively eliminated any competition in U.S. markets” and “dictate the flow of nearly all illicit drugs.”
  • The numbers: Nearly 38,000 fentanyl-related deaths occurred in the first half of 2023.
  • Recent busts: Last week, the DEA busted “Skittles Man” Roque Bustamante and six others in Florida for fentanyl distribution. It seized:
    • roughly 21 kilograms of pure fentanyl
    • 70,000 rainbow-colored fentanyl pills
    • 3,000 M30 blue fentanyl pills
    • 243 pounds of crystal meth
    • 2 kilos of cocaine
    • 24 guns
  • This is, of course, a dangerous symptom of Joe Biden’s immigration policies, which have allowed more than 10 million people to stream into the country illegally.

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