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Mexican Cartels Setting Up Shop Across U.S.

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“Liberalism = Communism”

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#1 Apr 18, 2011
Frediberto Pineda, a member of the Sinaloa cartel, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for heading a cocaine operation in South Carolina's capital. Similar outposts have popped up in Seattle, Anchorage and Minneapolis.

Reporting from Columbia, S.C.— The house on Knightner Road is small, blue and white, with a stone front porch and a string of Christmas lights still hanging. Here, crack cocaine was sold to drive-up customers a few miles from the state Capitol in Columbia.

The one on Pound Road in rural Gaston, just south of Columbia, is a brown-and-white trailer, with a gravel driveway and woods out back. Here, federal law enforcement officers surprised Frediberto Pineda, who had 10 kilos of cocaine worth $350,000 in his possession.

Six months went by between the first FBI inquiries into cocaine trafficking at the house on Knightner Road and Pineda's arrest. But for the bureau, he was a prize worth waiting for. A member of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, he had quietly settled in central South Carolina, put down roots and began managing one of the gang's new outposts in the United States.

As the cartels expand up and out from the Southwest border, they are sending waves of men like Pineda, many of them trained in Mexico, to run their U.S. operations. In the last few years, they have established a prosperous retail industry, with cartels staking out "market territories," lining up smuggling routes, and renting storage bins and drug houses.


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#2 Apr 18, 2011
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Concerned Citizen

Huntsville, AR

#3 Apr 19, 2011
Million Dollar Meth Busts

Customs officers kept nearly a million dollars worth of meth from making it to Valley streets. The drugs were found in two separate busts over the weekend.

The first batch was discovered inside a Toyota Camry on Saturday at the B&M Bridge. There, customs officers found 17 bags of meth hidden in the car. The driver and passenger are both Mexican nationals.

On that same day, officers at the Progreso bridge found more than 39 pounds of meth hidden inside the bed liner of a truck. The driver, a 24-year old Elsa resident was arrested.

All of the suspects, drugs and vehicles are in ICE custody.

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#4 Apr 19, 2011
Mexican Drug Cartels Operating in at Least 1,286 U.S. Cities

All Headline News reported that the influence of Mexican drug cartels operating in U.S. cities is growing because cartel members are becoming residents. Roberta Jacobson, Deputy Secretary of State for Mexico and Canada, brought this information to a political forum in Washington, D.C., quoting a March 27 report from the Justice Department. The findings are also being widely disseminated in the Mexican media.

The National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) report, according to Jacobson, listed the cartels with the most influence in the U.S. as follows: the Sinaloa cartel, operating in 75 U.S. cities; the Gulf and Zetas cartels, both in 37 cities; the Juarez, in 33 cities; the Beltran Leyva Organization, in 30; La Familia, in 27; and Tijuana, in 21. This list contains the largest and most widely known cartels; the Zetas organization, comprised mostly of Mexican Army special forces soldiers, is considered to be one of the most vicious. The unnamed cities are all said to have seen a substantial increase in drug sales and violence.

AHN reported that the U.S. government plans to cut spending for drug interdiction under the Mérida Initiative next year by $250 million. The Initiative is a 2008 treaty under which the U.S. government pledged to contribute $1.5 billion to Mexico, along with drug-fighting equipment and personnel.

Jacobson explained that the Initiative is entering a new phase in which achievements will likely take longer and progress will not be as obvious. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claims that since 2009, its agents have doubled the amount of time they spend in breaking up cartel influence.

Borderland Beat (BB), referencing the same NDIC report on April 11, reported that the expansion of cartel operations into the United States has predictably resulted in increased violence. According to BB, the Intelligence Center information indicated that the Mexican cartels are now operating in at least 1,286 American cities in nine regions — with 143 of these operations controlled directly by cartel members in Mexico.

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Stop the Illegal Drugs

Huntsville, AR

#5 Apr 20, 2011
ICE Agents Find 5,000 lbs. of Marijuana in Home

ICE agents are investigating a major drug bust just outside of Roma.

More than 5,000 pounds of marijuana was found inside a home in the 3000 Block of Habiscus street.

More than 392 compressed bricks of pot were found. So far agents have not made any arrest in the case. They are working to find out if people live in the home.

“Liberalism = Communism”

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#7 Apr 20, 2011
ICE: 4,500 Pounds of Marijuana Taken From Stash House

An ICE spokesperson says authorities seized nearly 4,500 pounds of marijuana at a stash house Tuesday in the 3300 block of North 27th Street.

Agents and officers also seized one weapon and several rounds of ammunition. One man from Mexico was arrested at the scene. He's facing federal drug charges.

Authorities found the drugs in the attic, bedrooms and garage of the home.

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#8 Apr 22, 2011
Mexican drug cartels takes over California
Sgt. Richard Valdemar explains how the Mexican drug cartels are laundering money through supposedly legitimate businesses in California and have even infiltrated the political system.
The video is quite shocking and makes the connection between illegal immigration, drugs and terrorism.
Video: Retired L.A. sheriff’s deputy explains how cartels control California

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#12 Apr 22, 2011
DPS: Drug dealer arrested for dealing cocaine, placed on immigration hold

A Big Spring man remained in jail Thursday night after being arrested for distribution of cocaine.
Manuel Reyes Sabinas, 32, was arrested Wednesday on a first-degree felony and has been placed on a federal hold for his immigration status.

A Texas Department of Public Safety undercover narcotics agent purchased 3 ounces of cocaine from Sabinas at the Walmart parking lot on the 200 block of West Interstate 20 shortly before 7 p.m., according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Sabinas was arrested and transported to the Midland DPS office.

DPS officers continued to search Sabinas' vehicle and found another ounce of cocaine that was individually packaged and ready to be sold in small quantities. The total weight of the cocaine and packaging was about 4 ounces, the report stated.

He subsequently was released from the DPS office and transported to the Midland County jail where he was booked for a first-degree felony of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams.

DPS has declined to comment on the circumstances of the arrest, the nature of the investigation or whether there are more arrests to be made in connection to drug trafficking. DPS said the investigation was still ongoing.

Sabinas is being held on a $50,000 bond for the felony, but is ineligible to post bail because of the federal immigration hold on his status. It also is unclear, as of press time Thursday night, the reason for the immigration hold.

If convicted of the felony, Sabinas could face between five and 99 years in prison.

Police say deported felon arrested in Gridley

A deported felon who was sought by local authorities on an outstanding warrant related to drug busts last March in Oroville, was arrested Wednesday in Gridley by Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force agents, according to authorities.

Carlos Barragan-Garcia, 45, of Oroville, was wanted in connection with a BINTF drug bust March 3 of methamphetamine, loaded firearms and a large amount of cash at residences at 3150 Oro Bangor Hwy. and 3860 Burlington Ave.

At the time, Domingo Lagunas, 45, was arrested at the Oro Bangor Highway address for possession for sales of methamphetamine, according to a BINTF press release.

Lagunas was reportedly an undocumented alien and placed on an immigration hold.
Although Barragan-Garcia was not arrested March 3, an arrest warrant was issued charging him with possession for sales of a controlled substance, being armed in the commission of a felony, and felony child endangerment, with bail set at $150,000. Wednesday, agents arrested Barragan-Garcia at his new residence at 344 O'Brien St. in Gridley.

During a search of the premises, agents allegedly found an additional 206.98 grams of methamphetamine and $892 in cash.

Barragan-Garcia was arrested on an additional count of possession for sales of a controlled substance. Officials also placed the suspect on an immigration hold after learning he'd previously been deported as a convicted felon.

A federal indictment is also being sought against him for re-entering the United States illegally after being deported for being a convicted felon.

Barragan-Garcia is being held without bail.

The total value of the drugs seized in the investigation is estimated at $106,800, according to BINTF.

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#13 Apr 23, 2011
Teens Caught Trying to Swim with Load of Marijuana

Two teens are in police custody after they were allegedly caught trying to swim across the Brownsville Ship Channel with a load of drugs.

The Coast Guard got a call Thursday afternoon about the two swimmers. They say two 15-year-old Mexican nationals were swimming across the channel while pulling a load of marijuana.

Coast Guard officials tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS this is just another effort to get the drugs past authorities.

"That's a very common smuggling route," says Coast Guard Commanding Officer Mickey Lalor. He adds, "They have to get it across the ship channel so attempting to swim with is fairly common."

The teens are in juvenile hall facing possession of marijuana charges.

The Cameron County Sheriff's Department is now handling the case.
Concerned Citizen

Huntsville, AR

#14 Apr 24, 2011
Smugglers Tries To Evade Police By Throwing Marijuana Out Window During Chase

Police say they've seen just about everything thrown out of vehicles during hot pursuits.

Spikes, rocks and even people have leapt from moving cars to try to help the smugglers get away from police. Saturday morning, La Joya Police say one desperate smuggler even tossed out his own cargo of drugs. Dash camera video shows the officer in a patrol car flashing its light and and sounding the sirens while trying to pull over the driver of a green mini-van. The driver sped through the intersection of Showers Road and that's when police say he got desperate and begins to throw bundles of marijuana out of the window of the van. Police say, to the smuggler, it's like tossing cash out the window, every pound of marijuana is worth an estimated $800 dollars on the street. The chase ended in a field near La Joya. A helicopter, Border Patrol, and La Joya Police stopped the alleged smugglers. Later, another man confessed to being an escort for the drugs. Law enforcement in the area say they have know for years drug smugglers run two or three loads of drugs at a time so if one load gets caught the other drivers evade police. La Joya Police say they are glad anytime they can stop some of the drugs from moving north.
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#15 Apr 24, 2011
The stories above are infuriating. Yet Janet Napolitano still claims we are all safe. What a liar. Her and Obama are quite a pair.

This crime will never affect Obama and his children.

The affect this will have on American Families is devastating.

Where Is our news media?

This is the greatest cover up in history.

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#16 Apr 26, 2011
6 Plead Guilty in Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Scheme

Six people involved in a Brownsville drug trafficking and money laundering scheme plead guilty in a South Texas federal court.

Six people from the lower Rio Grande Valley entered their pleas in a Corpus Christi federal courtroom late last week. They were involved with smuggling large loads of cocaine to Dallas and Atlanta from Brownsville. They also received millions of dollars in drug proceeds to be smuggled into Mexico.

ICE agents raided six homes, including one in Brownsville, last month. They seized more than half a million dollars during the raid, which has been forfeited already.

Investigators say five people were involved in transporting 5 kilos of cocaine out of the Valley over the last two years. They say Arturo Gomez was the ringleader and used his auto repair shop as a front. That's where the drugs and money proceeds were received and delivered.

They say Magda Zendejas, Reyna Ceballos, Julio Gonzalez and David Alcala all helped with the drug trafficking and money laundering operation.

All five will be sentenced in august and face up to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Vanessa Weaver took $16,000 into Mexico without declaring it. She'll face as much as five years in federal prison when she gets sentenced in late June.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is trying to get the defendants to forfeit a 38-acre property in Georgia, a half million dollars in drug proceeds and 20 vehicles seized in the raid. Together, they are worth $1.5 million.

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#18 Apr 28, 2011
With help from Illinois authorities, three are arrested on drug charges

Three men have been taken into custody on drug charges following an ongoing, month-long investigation by local police with cooperation from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois.

Gilbert M. Rubio, 30, was arrested on two counts of possession of marijuana greater than two pounds, two counts of possession of marijuana for sale and two counts of transportation of marijuana for sale.

Luis A. Cheno, 22, was arrested on a single count of possession of marijuana greater than two pounds, one count of possession of marijuana for sale and one count of transportation of marijuana for sale.

Marco A. Cheno, 36, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to commit sale of marijuana and conspiracy to commit transportation of marijuana.
Rubio and Luis Cheno were apprehended at a local shipping company, while his cousin, Marco Cheno, was arrested after investigators served a search warrant at Mountain Vista Mobile Home Park, 700 S. Carmichael Ave.

The arrests occurred Tuesday afternoon.
At the time of the arrests, three bundles of marijuana weighing more than 50 pounds were seized, said Tracy Grady, public information officer for the department.

The marijuana was being shipped to Illinois, prompting the inter-agency cooperation, Grady said.

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#19 Apr 29, 2011
As US land borders tighten, drug smugglers fly

The visiting British pilots were training near a naval air station one night this month when their helicopter came within about 150 feet of an ultralight plane flying without lights. The ultralight darted away toward Mexico without a trace.

The near-disaster over the Southern California desert was an example of drug smugglers using low-flying aircraft that look like motorized hang gliders to circumvent new fences along the U.S. border with Mexico. The planes, which began appearing in Arizona three years ago, are now turning up in remote parts of California and New Mexico.

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#20 Apr 29, 2011
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Meets With Clinton

Mexico's foreign minister made her way to Washington, D.C., on Friday. She met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton hosted Patricia Espinosa for a working lunch. The war on drugs and violence are among the things they discussed.

The two met to discuss the Merida Initiative, a multi-country partnership to combat narcotics trafficking and organized crime in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
El Seso

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Apr 29, 2011
Mexico extradites reputed drug lord to U.S.

Mexico City – Benjamin Arellano Felix, the erstwhile "brain" of the Tijuana cartel, was extradited to the United States to face drug and racketeering charges, the Mexican Attorney General's Office said Friday.

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#22 Apr 30, 2011
Illegal immigrant faces 26 years for selling drugs

An illegal immigrant who used Knoxville as a hub for the distribution of tons of marijuana and hundreds of pounds of cocaine because he figured local law enforcers were too inept to catch him is headed to federal prison for more than 26 years.

U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan this week sentenced Jose "Chonchon" Medina, 41, to 322 months for his role as chief of a 17-member drug conspiracy headquartered at the now-defunct Los Arcos Dance Club and Billiards storefront operation on Chapman Highway.

The 2008 probe, headed by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Bethel Poston and Knoxville Police Department investigator Bruce Conkey, netted the seizure of some 4 tons of marijuana and 160 pounds of cocaine, as well as an Asheville Highway stash house full of weapons including machine guns.

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#24 May 2, 2011
Zapata Deputies Arrest Men Possibly Linked to Gulf Cartel
Three little letters on a vest have deputies in Zapata County concerned.

The letters CDG were found on a cargo vest. Deputies believe it stands for
Cartel Del Golfo or the Gulf Cartel.

Deputies found the vest in the backseat of a car after a homeowner reported three men claiming to be cartel members tried to rob him. When he refused to give up his belonging, the guys jumped in their car and took off. They were later pulled over after a deputy spotted the vehicle a few blocks away.

They arrested Bobby Joe Green, Franky Ivan Muniz and Jose Everardo Esquivel inside. The men are being held on a $100,000 bond each.

They're charged with aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.

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#25 May 2, 2011
Cartel boss extradited to the U.S.

On Friday, the former head of the Tijuana Cartel, Benjamin Arellano Felix was flown to San Diego to face drug conspiracy and racketeering charges.

The Tijuana Cartel was once regarded as Mexico’s most feared criminal organization. The cartel sent countless tons of Colombian cocaine into California during the 1980s and ‘90s.

The cartel has since been all but destroyed as its original leaders have either been sentenced to lengthy prison terms or killed. In its absence, smaller extremely violent gangs have filled the void, and now fight one another for control of the lucrative smuggling routes into the San Diego area.

Arellano Felix has been in a Mexican prison since 2002

In 2006, Arellano Felix's brother, Javier, was apprehended off the coast of Baja California and is now serving life in prison. His brother, Ramon, who served as a brutal enforcer, was shot to death in Mazatlan in 2002.

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#26 May 2, 2011
3 guilty of trying to trade drugs for missiles

A Mexican man who tried to buy an anti-aircraft missile and other military weapons for the Sinaloa drug cartel has pleaded guilty in federal court in Phoenix.

The U.S. attorney's office said Monday that a Mexican woman who delivered 4-1/2 pounds of methamphetamine as partial payment for the deal also entered a guilty plea. A jury found a second man who delivered meth as payment guilty of drug distribution charges.

The convictions announced on Monday by U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke stem from a sting operation federal agents set up in 2009.

David Diaz-Sosa of Sinaloa arranged to buy a Stinger missile, anti-tank rockets and other weapons from federal agents posing as weapons dealers. The 26-year-old pleaded guilty last month and faces a mandatory 25-year prison term.

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