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


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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Chinese are sneaking in and Cartels are using drones to find weak points, watch border patrol’s response warns AF General


Important Takeaways:

  • AF Gen. Warns It’s Not Just Illegals at the Border, It’s Cartel Drones—With Over 1,000 Encounters a Month
  • That’s the disturbing takeaway from Air Force General Gregory M. Guillot, who testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday and answered questions from Sen. Ted Budd (R-NC). Guillot took over as Commander of the United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command in February.
  • And he’s concerned about what he’s seeing in his new position:
    • “The number of incursions was something that was alarming to me as I took command last month,” Guillot told the senator. “I don’t know the actual number – I don’t think anybody does – but it’s in the thousands…”
    • Budd pressed for what time frame Guillot was referencing in regard to the “thousands” of drone incursions.
    • Guillot responded, “I would say in probably over a month we could probably have over 1,000 a month.”
  • What are these drones, and who’s controlling them? It doesn’t take a brain scientist to conclude that they are likely mostly operated by the human and drug trafficking Mexican cartels, who presumably are scouting the U.S. response to the border invasion and looking for the best ways to counter it. The unmanned aircraft could themselves be used to transport narcotics:
  • But drones and illegal immigrants from South and Central America aren’t the only problems…
    • “The number of Chinese that are coming across the border is a big concern of mine. In fact, in the short period of time that I’ve been in command, I’ve gone down to the southern border to talk to the agents and leadership about that. And then I’ve also spoken with the acting commissioner of the CBP on this subject,” Guillot said.
    • Guillot continued, “What concerns me most about specifically the Chinese migrants is – one, that they’re so centralized in one location on the border. And two, is while many may be political refugees, other explanations, the ability for counterintelligence to hide in plain sight in those numbers.”

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Selling land to Illegals in Texas: One report says cartels are moving in


Important Takeaways:

  • Thousands of illegal migrants buying land in new Texas development: Report
  • According to The Daily Wire, the new Colony Ridge settlement, with potentially tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, is being built north of Houston, prompting concerns that the development could become a base for cartel operations due to its location roughly 400 miles inside the United States.
  • In an investigative report, the Daily Wire found that the Colony Ridge development is currently comprised of over 60 square miles, which is roughly the size of Washington, D.C. The population is estimated to be between 50,000 and 75,000, largely due to a marketing strategy that is aimed at the Hispanic population in Texas.
  • The Colony Ridge development is owned by developer William Harris.
  • …buyers at the Colony Ridge development are able to purchase land with as little as a “few hundred dollars” for the down payment.
  • “The loan is directly from the developer, bypassing traditional mortgages,”
  • Harris’s company conducts business under the name of Terrenos Houston (translated Houston Land).
  • Terrenos Houston directs interested buyers to connect with the company on Whatsapp in order to find out more information about purchasing
  • While Terrenos Houston allows people to purchase land in the United States, the company’s LinkedIn profile suggests that many of the people currently employed by the company are foreign nationals who are living in Colombia and other Latin American countries.
  • Independent journalist Michael Yon shared his perspective of Colony Ridge with The Daily Wire after flying over and driving through the development multiple times in order to document its rapid growth.
  • “I don’t know how many live there now, but this is going to be big enough for 200,000 people,” Yon said. “They’re actually building a city.”
  • In his book, “OVERRUN: How Joe Biden Unleashed the Greatest Border Crisis in American History,” Bensman noted that law enforcement officials claimed Gulf and Sinaloa cartel members had purchased properties in Colony Ridge development.
  • “The Mexican cartels are very active in that they run safe houses, they run drugs, they do marijuana grows, they commit crimes,” Bensman said, based on conversations he has had with law enforcement officials. “This is a homeland security issue. It’s a public safety issue.”

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Crime and violence widespread, US State Department warns travelers to stay out of Acapulco

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

Important Takeaways:

  • Mexico beachgoers at popular tourist area find 3 dead bodies with torture marks washed ashore
  • US State Department warned Americans last month not to travel to Acapulco
  • “Crime and violence are widespread,” the State Department warned. “Armed groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence towards travelers. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping in previous years.”
  • Acapulco was listed as the 7th deadliest city in the world in 2019, largely a result of cartel violence, after being one of the most popular travel destinations for Hollywood A-listers for decades beginning in the 1940s.

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Murders in Mexico surge to record in first half of 2019

FILE PHOTO: People stand near bullet casings on the ground at a crime scene after a shootout in the municipality of Tuzamapan, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, Mexico, May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Yahir Ceballos/File Photo

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Murders in Mexico jumped in the first half of the year to the highest on record, according to official data, underscoring the vast challenges President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador faces in reducing violence in the cartel-ravaged country.

There were 14,603 murders from January to June, versus the 13,985 homicides registered in the first six months of 2018, according to data posted over the weekend on the website of Mexico’s national public security office.

Mexico is on course to surpass the 29,111 murders of last year, an all-time high.

For years Mexico has struggled with violence as consecutive governments battled brutal drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in the fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting.

Veteran leftist Lopez Obrador, who took office in December, has blamed the economic policies of previous administrations for exacerbating the violence and said his government was targeting the issue by rooting out corruption and inequality in Mexico.

“Social policies are very important – we agree they’ll have positive effects. But these positive effects will be seen in the long term,” said Francisco Rivas, director of the National Citizen Observatory, a civil group that monitors justice and security in Mexico.

The complexity of fighting criminal groups is a major test for Lopez Obrador’s young administration, which has vowed to try a different approach than that of his predecessor.

His administration last month launched a new militarized National Guard police force tasked with helping to fix the problem.

(Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Additional reporting by Rebekah F Ward; Editing by Dan Grebler)