Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mexican Drug Lords Busted In Massive Brooklyn/Chicago Sweep

Forty-three defendants in the United States and Mexico, including 10 alleged Mexican drug cartel leaders, have been charged in 12 indictments unsealed yesterday and today in U.S. federal courts in Brooklyn and Chicago. The alleged leaders and other high-ranking members of several of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels are charged with operating continuing criminal enterprises or participating in international drug trafficking conspiracies. All but one of the defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of the charges against them.

"Breaking up these dangerous cartels and stemming the flow of drugs, weapons and cash across the Southwest border is a top priority for this Justice Department," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "The cartels whose alleged leaders are charged today constitute multi-billion dollar networks that funnel drugs onto our streets and what invariably follows is more crime and violence in our communities."

Three of the suspected leaders were charged in both Brooklyn and Chicago. Joaquin "el Chapo" Guzman-Loera, Ismael "el Mayo" Zambada-Garcia and Arturo Beltran-Leyva, who are allegedly among the most powerful drug traffickers in Mexico, are alleged to be present and former heads of an organized crime syndicate known as the "Sinaloa Cartel" and "the Federation."

The indictments charge that between 1990 and December 2008 they and others were responsible for importing into the United States and distributing nearly 200 metric tons of cocaine, additional large quantities of heroin, and the bulk smuggling from the United States to Mexico of more than $5.8 billion in cash proceeds from narcotics sales throughout the United States and Canada.


BruceH said...

Anyone with any REAL knowledge of this issue knows that this is NOT a significant step forward for anyone.

What, it took busting 40 people to come to the realization that there are drug cartels and drug cartel CEO’s in South America? Really?

22 million, 5 billion, whatever. Compared to the 80 billion a year we spend of our hard earned tax payer cash fighting this futile war, that’s hardly a drop in the bucket.

American’s are the main consumer of South America’s product. And to ignore the millions and millions of Americans who use these products every day is just plain ignorant and naive.

Stubborn? What, are they children?

“The only way to defeat them is to display a much higher level of organization and determination.”

That is ridiculous. The law of supply and demand will defeat us every time, it has for the past 40 years and will continue to do so for any foreseeable future.

I can’t believe people still publish this insanity and worse, I can’t believe their are people who buy into it, like we just started to get “real tough” last month or something.If you want to see how tough we have gotten, look at our prison population, huge isn’t it? How’s that working out? People are losing their life savings, homes, livelihoods and yet let’s build another freakin’ prison. Wow. Just wow.

Let me leave you with a simple question, one that I have recently been thinking a good bit about:

The health care companies in America are some of the richest, most powerful and most influential group in America. Why haven’t they joined the “fight” by requesting drug testing to all new applicants- and denying thoe who fail?

I think I know the an$wer, do you?

Anonymous said...

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