Violent Mexican Cartel Setting Up Meth Operation in Washington D.C.

They just busted Cartel operatives in Atlanta I hear, and now we’re seeing a huge operation in the nation’s capital. Anyone who thinks the cartels are not able to challenge American authority has not read John Robb’s Brave New War.

Via Borderland Beat:

WTOP News – WASHINGTON – Authorities blocked a notorious Mexican drug cartel from gaining a foothold in the nation’s capital with a series of arrests and indictments in a massive trafficking scheme, police said Wednesday.

Eight illegal immigrants were arrested over the weekend in Georgia and North Carolina, and on Tuesday a federal grand jury in the District indicted all eight plus a ninth man who remains at large.

Authorities said they seized about 80 pounds of crystal meth with a street value of more than $3.5 million, by far the largest meth seizure in Washington’s history. The previous record was about two pounds.

“Usually we see (crystal meth) the size of pebbles,” said John Torres, special agent in charge of the Washington office of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “In this case we’re talking icicles.”

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says they also seized 10 gallons of liquid meth, more than 1,000 grams of cocaine, 11 pounds of marijuana, three guns and more than $35,000 in cash.

Those arrested have links to the “La Familia” drug cartel in the Mexican state of Michoacan, police said. Authorities were eager to keep the cartel from gaining a foothold in Washington because of its reputation for brutality.

“They have no qualms about using violence _ murder, kidnapping,” Torres said.

Cartel members are especially dangerous to the U.S. because they refuse as a matter of honor to sell drugs to fellow Mexicans, Torres said. So they’re always on the lookout for export markets.

“It’s almost cult-like down in Michoacan _ they don’t want to turn their own Mexican citizens into drug addicts. But they have no qualms about selling it here,” Torres said.

The Washington region in particular was an attractive market because, historically, the city has not been exposed to high levels of crystal meth abuse. That could change quickly, Lanier said, if it became readily available because of the drug’s highly addictive nature.

As eager as Lanier is to keep crystal meth and the cartel out of the city, she admitted during a news conference Wednesday that she considered pulling the plug midway through the three-week undercover investigation because of the unusually high risk of violence from the cartel.

In the end, all the arrests were made safely.

Think about that last part for a second. Our police almost stopped the operation because they were frightened by these guys. Our mighty police force, decried as storm troopers by leftist and libertarians, almost scrapped a plan to crack down on a meth operation because they were nervous about cartel retaliation.

If that doesn’t scare the crap out of you you’re not thinking it through.

Comments

5 Responses to “Violent Mexican Cartel Setting Up Meth Operation in Washington D.C.”

  1. DodiaFae on December 17th, 2010 12:38 pm

    But Rob, these poor “undocumented workers” are only here to make a better life for themselves and their families! ::sarcasm::

  2. Rob Taylor on December 17th, 2010 3:27 pm

    They’re just setting up the meth operations Americans won’t.

  3. DodiaFae on December 17th, 2010 11:13 pm

    It’s old hat to them… most of the Americans that have tried are meth-heads, themselves, and are too stupid not to blow themselves up… or get caught because their toddlers show up in the ER with drugs in their systems.

  4. Ajax the Great on December 18th, 2010 11:43 am

    Tweakers = dead weight

  5. Loup Garou on December 20th, 2010 1:07 pm

    um… guys, I believe they are called “asylum seekers” as per the 48 killed off the coast of Australia this past week, please keep up with your political correctness classes.

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