Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Texas Department of Public Safety Releases its “Threat Overview” for 2013, with Mexican Cartels at No. 1 Spot

Borderland Beat
 


According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Mexican drug cartels pose “the most significant organized crime threat to the state.” That’s according to the Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013, which was released today following its presentation at the 2013 Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio earlier this week.
The 76-page report, which can be read HERE, identifies myriad “threats” to the state — everything from prison gangs to “criminal aliens” to child traffickers to terrorists (among them would-be Fountain Place bomber Hosam “Sam” Smadi) to drug traffickers bring “cheese” into schools around Northwest Dallas. As the DPS notes in its release this afternoon, its threat assessment was culled from info provided by myriad local and federal law enforcement agencies.
But, says the report, the cartels are No. 1 on the threat list. “Six of the eight cartels currently have command and control networks operating in the state, moving drugs and people into the United States, and transporting cash, weapons and stolen vehicles back to Mexico,” says today’s release.
Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw adds this in a prepared statement: “The impact of cartel crime is painfully obvious when we look to our neighbors in Mexico, with some 60,000 deaths since 2006 and continued cases of brutal torture. It is a top DPS priority to severely obstruct the range and power of Mexican drug organizations to affect the public safety of Texas citizens.”
According to the report, the Zetas and La Familia are the cartels most active in North Texas.
 
 Thanks to my sidekick Lacy for bringing this to my attention!
Source StateTxUS

22 comments:

  1. Thanks for this valuable link and assessment you have again done great work Chivis. Thank you

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  2. These threats became a reality not too long ago. The assistant d.a. And the d.a. And his wife have been murdered. East dallas and kaufman co are full of cartels members just like ft worth. It ain't crazy YET...

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  3. well if you're from Texas and you voted for Obama ,you have no 1 to blame for that but yourself !

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    1. You're so right. This didn't start till Obama was elected. Shame on me for voting for him lol

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    2. This has been going on before obama.you right wing rush limbaugh freaks would blame obama for a hangnail.what obama is doing wrong though is trying to regulate or take the guns in rhis country

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    3. Obama cannot do that. All bills have to go trough congress. The president of the U.S is not inherently the most powerful man in the nation. It's all about economics.

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    4. Right, because you left wingers didn't try to name Katrina (the actual storm) on Bush! People who don't live in Texas (our northern "friends" in DC) have no clue hoe bad the border war really is and should not tell us how it should or should not be protected. They clearly could careless!

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  4. If you vote for Obama in Texas your vote doesn't really count anyway as Texas always goes Republican.

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    1. That right. It's winner take all in U.S. electoral vote system. If and when they catch the perpetrators of the homocides of this D.A. and ast. DA, you can expect the sentence of capital punishment. Its FBI/Tx. Ranger time.

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  5. Thank you Lacy and the BLB staff for the Tx Report. I live far from Texas, but the information is rich in authoritative stuff that I need.

    The PDF file will help me in the near future when I meet with our Congressman about some disturbing "under-the-radar" things in our neighboring towns.

    Mexico-Watcher

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  6. mex cartels are a threat but they are not texas' #1 threat. you are more likely to get hit by a drunk driver than be a victim of a mexican cartel in texas. the dps exaggerates or spins the facts to justify their budget or inflate the numbers to show the fed govt... the only place in texas where you have a high chance of being in contact with a mex cartel is if you live in rural south texas where home invasions are directly/indriectly connected to mex cartels and most are mistaken identity. im not denying that the north texas hits couldnt be cartel related but the ave north texas resident who isnt invovled in drugs should worry more about overeating than cartel hits.

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  7. Chivis- Excellent as always. When the cartel lovers on this site call me out, it's freaking laughable. I spend alot of time as you know in Texas, due to my work. This has been a worsening situation for the past 5 years. I see the effects daily, it sickens and horrifies me. Beyond the damage done to the children I treat, the crime rate is growing. Something has to give or the US AND MEXICO are doomed. I pray for answers,solutions and peace for all innocents. Thanks and prayers to the D.A. and his wife's family. Texas,Grandma.

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  8. The usa can arrest the big dealers but they dnt want 2 think of all the money and property they take away. Tons and tons of drugs going in and they bust a guy selling an 8 ball. Wheres the heavy gringos?? yas govt. Is a joke just like ours the drug war is a joke!

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    1. Its all about the benjamins no matter what gvt it is.i am from the u.s and we know guys at the top are crooked about this stuff.legalize it tax it and let all the crackheads and tweakers choke and smoke themselves to death and we could use the tax money off of it for other quality things in this country

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  9. Zetas and La Familia are the most active in North Texas....two Cartels that been hit hard are still moving product north of the border,money makes money.

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  10. I thought rattlesnakes were the biggest problem?

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  11. i spend time in texas AND mexico...im no cartel lover. but how arm chair detectives love to speculate and theorize...linking things that have no connection. mex cartels are too busy fighting with each other to make north texas hits, you ppl give them far too much credit. ever run into armed cartel members wanting to see your id in mexico? theyre young, stupid and dont speak english...nor do they have visas.

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  12. 6:02 a.m im totally with you the way this works is like this once the merchendise leaves someones hands it the other guys property along with the problems that may rise...the cartels want money in the states theyre not going 2 kill unless its alot of money involved they would reather take away property or cars then 2 kill.... cartels have no say on street level distribution they just supply thats it take it from someone that knows a thing or two...

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  13. The apologists for thugs are particularly prone to saying they don't exist, they are amatuer, they aren't in every city in Texas, but the Rangers know, and anyone who insists the cartels are a fantasy of " armchair detectives" should be happy in their ignorance. We see them, and we see their collateral damage. But mostly, we see the fools walking around, denying the threat that is eating their money, their families and their country.

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  14. anyone who thinks the rangers "know" are the ones living in fantasy... in the real world, the ave mexican citizen from reynosa could educate a texas ranger on the operating procedures of a cartel, they operate with impunity in reynosa. cartels do exist, no one is denying their existence nor their influence just their efficiency and intelligence. exaggerating claims of cartels' reach or ability serve one purpose, to justify law enforcement budgets. remember, fast and furious was a brainchild of our fed gov't and who knows how many other backyard deals were made behind the backs of the american ppl. i prefer to believe what i see with my own eyes firsthand, in mexico...not what i read online or what my gov't wants me to believe

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  15. I live in West Texas and A few months back A Man by the name of "El Diablo" not to be confused with "El Comandante Diablo" had posted on WWW.Topix.com a threatening message to a few "So called" crooked cops in Pecos, Tx and Midland, Tx. According to the media his IP was traced to Juarez, Chihuahua Then To Odessa, TX. They ended up catching the dude sleeping in his truck at a truck stop in Odessa, Tx & IMO I believe the cops picked up some poor dude and Blamed it all on him. The story never added up!

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  16. FBI Investigates Brutal Threats Against Officers & Their Families 11/12/12

    CBS 7 News Staff November 12, 2012

    Midland, TX -Violent threats against West Texas lawmen and their families now have the attention of federal agencies.

    The FBI and Homeland Security are investigating threats found under a public forum on topix.com by a person disguised as “El Diablo.”

    We first learned the online posts were targeting Midland city and county officials but “El Diablo" is also spreading its viral terror to other West Texas cities. The threats target specific officers as well as family members in Midland, Fort Stockton and Pecos.

    In the posts, Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter, Police Chief Price Robinson, Sgt. Ben Chavez and even specific names of some of their family members are targeted.

    The writer of these brutal threats says no MPD employees or family members are safe.

    It doesn't stop there; El Diablo also takes aim at the entire city. Claiming on December 25th, there will be pipe bombs in public places that will create carnage unimaginable.

    In Fort Stockton the person says they are sending Special Forces with high caliber weapons to wipe out the police department.

    In each case El Diablo claims racism and corruption as the motive.

    Officers we spoke to say at this point, even just the validity of these posts is under investigation. But still, they tell us it's the first time threats of this magnitude have been made and they have no choice but to take it seriously.

    We spoke with numerous officers and city officials, all of which were unable to speak with us on camera because of the delicate nature of the case. Several of our sources have told us that the IP address for the posts has been traced to Juarez, Mexico. All posts on the forum have since been removed from the site.

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