Wednesday, August 15, 2018

US, Mexico to announce new plans on cartels

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Thank you BB follower from SFGate

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CHICAGO (AP) — Top U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials will unveil new plans to combat Mexican drug cartels Wednesday in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government, military and federal police, DEA officials told The Associated Press.

"The new game plan is ... pick up the speed and arrest more people, faster,

The announcement at a joint news conference will be a public display of bilateral cooperation amid ongoing tensions over President Donald Trump's trade and immigration policies, including over his vow to build a wall along the nearly 2,000-mile (3,218-kilometer) U.S.-Mexican border.

The new plans include putting greater emphasis on attacking cartels' financial infrastructure. Plans also call for a new enforcement group based in Chicago that will concentrate on international investigations of cartels.
Matthew G. Donahue, director for the DEA's North and Central American Region, told the AP on Tuesday that the U.S. wants to rely more on changes in the Mexican legal system in recent years designed to make evidence gathering and prosecutions more efficient.

Donahue said. “That is what we are trying to push—the cooperation that we currently have with Mexico to be a little more efficient, a little bit more aggressive.”

DEA officials told The Associated Press

The announcement at a joint news conference will be a public display of bilateral cooperation amid ongoing tensions over President Donald Trump's trade and immigration policies, including over his vow to build a wall along the nearly 2,000-mile (3,218-kilometer) U.S.-Mexican border.

The new plans include putting greater emphasis on attacking cartels' financial infrastructure. Plans also call for a new enforcement group based in Chicago that will concentrate on international investigations of cartels.

Matthew G. Donahue, director for the DEA's North and Central American Region, told the AP on Tuesday that the U.S. wants to rely more on changes in the Mexican legal system in recent years designed to make evidence gathering and prosecutions more efficient.

"The new game plan is ... pick up the speed and arrest more people, faster," Donahue said. "That's what we're really trying to push — the cooperation that we currently have with Mexico to be a little more efficient, a little bit more aggressive."

He said the U.S. also intends to do more to help stem the flow of guns into Mexico that contributes to deadly violence in the country. Donahue said around 31,000 people were killed in Mexico last year, a record for a single year.

According to the DEA, the Mexican officials attending include Mexico's acting attorney general, Alberto Elías Beltrán; Mexico's chief director for the Criminal Investigations Agency, Omar Hamid García Harfuch; and Brigadier General Chief of Staff at Mexico's Ministry of Defense, Oswaldo Iván Galicia Galicia.

Donahue said the targeting of top cartel brass will remain a core component of bids to disrupt the powerful syndicates. The biggest trophy in this long-standing kingpin strategy was Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, extradited to New York in 2017 to face U.S. trafficking charges.

Sinaloa has dominated the drug supply to many U.S. cities, though the take-down of Guzman lessened its influence. Among up-and-coming cartels cutting into Sinaloa drug-market share is the Cartel Jalisco New Generation, or CJNG, led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as "El Mencho."

AMLO seems to want to work with the U.S., he reached out to Trump and Trump responded-click to enlarge


Last year, a DEA drug-threat report called CJNG "one of the most powerful and fastest growing in Mexico and the United States." It said the cartel's primary product is methamphetamine, with main U.S. distribution hubs in Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta.

A 2018 report by the University of San Diego's Justice in Mexico said Guzman's takedown "dramatically reshaped the landscape of Mexican organized crime," including by clearing the way for Cervantes and the CJNG to expand.

The same report urged policymakers not to rely as much on a strategy of going after kingpins and extraditing them to the U.S., saying it often had a "hydra-effect," in which a new series of drug lords emerge and without reducing the overall menace of cartels.

Donahue defended the strategy to date, saying the U.S. and Mexico will "always go after the top dog" in a cartel and "always go after the entire organization."

53 comments:

  1. Amazing that one arrest re shaped all of the organized crime in Mexico and allowed for CJNG to florish. Chapo must have been even more powerful than we thought. He had Mencho on a leash up until 2014 when he was arrested.

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    1. Chapos power is debatable but it was a mistake to lock up kill or extradite a few of this guys. Btw the assholes that killed the guy and his dog i hope your entire piece of shit organization gets killed. The pug is worth 100 criminals. Amlo says he dont want to use the military to fight the cartels. I guess shit is going to continiue. The most violent groups especially towards innocents or the groups that live of extortions have to be killed or captured.

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    2. He had him on a leash when he escaped. You hardly heard of cjng expansion the 6 months chapo was out. It wasnt until his extradition that they spread like a cancer

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    3. It doesn't take a genius to realize El Chapo was a prodigy when it comes to drug trafficking.

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    4. El chapo was fast when it came to smuggling el rapido. Ive read somewhere that the coke he smuggled was in usa soil before the plane that brought to mexico was back in colombia. Nevertheles Carrillo probably moved more weight and Oziel Cardenas kept sinaloa in check til he was extradited and cldnt pass on his orders so chapo was no genius

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    5. Mencho and chapo were partners in crime. After his arrest there was no way to deal with mayo ur chapitos so he just stepped over them. Plain and simple

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    6. Yet people act like mayo has always been the big dog but can't keep cds from fighting each other or stop cjngbfrom taking cds plazas.

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  2. My reply to the person who sent it in...who requested my take on the conference:

    I posted the article. I never like these big press conferences, usually unrealistic approaches and hype permeate the presser. This one is different. It seems sensible, and the U.S./DEA are very cautiously optimistic.

    So will anything change with this joint cooperation?....I say maybe. I can see a time where the U.S. gives the new president something so he looks good, and actually works with the U.S. at the borders.

    I say borders, because Mexico's south border is a swiss cheese mess and droves of economic migrants, drugs and weapons pour in as desired.

    Mexico does not have a border patrol. It is because there are no laws, supposedly, to stop migrants. The is no agency to stop immigrants. There is one to "help" migrants. Which is a bag of bullshit no one should buy.

    Google requirement on becoming a resident in Mexico. much tougher than U.S.

    Bottom line...yes there can be an improvement at the borders. and with AMLO massive support by people filled with hope he can get away with more than his predecessor.

    Jeeze the ol gal still can dream :) Paz

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    1. Mil gracias Chivis, much appreciate your commentary/op-ed on this kind of news, especially what's reported in mainstream media.

      Keep dreaming. <3

      Loyal BB reader from SF CA

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    2. You're welcome and BTW Mexico also announced the same thing but interestingly it was pretty much buried in the news. Paz, Chivis..

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    3. There are immigration laws in Mexico. It was last revised April 21 2016. It is very strict. Also... I think the Federal Preventive Police can act as Border Patrol, they just don't because Central and South Americans do not cross into Mexico to stay there. Not Mexicos problem. As a business in Mexico there aren't any incentives or advantages for hiring them. On the contrary, lots of problems if you hire a foreigner without proper documentation.

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  3. If a core component continues to be eliminating top brass like El Mayo then this is bad for Mexico. As mentioned, the capture of El Chapo and previous fragmentation of the Sinaloa Cartel has been horrible for Mexico. Sure, go after the money..sure go after ruthless leaders like El Mencho...but dont make capturing top brass just to make headlines a priority.

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    1. Failed State - A failed state is a political body that has disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly.

      The fragmentation hysteria is pure gold. Do Mexicans really want jefe's flashing their drug money on instagram when the average household income is 13,239 pesos a month?

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    2. Fragmentation of cdg and zetas ruinied north eat mexico

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    3. Smartest comment I have read on here for some time.

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    4. 5:13 - just got back from Guerrero, the average household income is $3,120/yr on coast. Twice that in the poppies. $4/gallon gasoline, $1/5 gallon water, very high toll roads, which are the only safe travel. Hopeless situation for those that harvest papayas and coconuts. They need hope badly, they have to contribute to what everyone here shouts about, to survive.

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    5. Holy shit, gas is $4/gallon down there ?!?!? We all know these fossil fuel cartels are heartless.. But that is fucking ridiculous. Per cost of living(am I'm just guessing here) but that would be like $25/gallon here in the U.S. No wonder being a huchillero is such a big business down there.

      Phelpso

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  4. Excellent DEA is getting into upgrading the catch of cartel members. I ask to becarefull of the intelligence shared with, Mexico top brass, they tend to go broken arrow, and inform cartel buddies.

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    1. Exactly my concern about sharing info with Mexican authorities. Mexico is so totally and hopelessly corrupted that it would be foolish to do not take great precautions in dealings it.
      I am positive that DEA, CIA, FBI, ICE, etcetera kNOW this because even the lowest taco vendor in Tiajuana sure does.
      Mexico-Watcher

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    2. Must have been one of the first thoughts that crossed their minds. THey must have a contingency plan or plans in place if they're coming out & announcing this to the public.

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  5. el universal reporta la captura de Sexto ,qien tomo el lugar de .80 .en el mando de .la Linea .

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  6. DEA is not gonna fight drug traficking but just decide who stays on top cause dea is the biggest cartel mencho is just their puppet ...

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    1. Sorry DEA is US, not Mexico

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    2. American history has shown how ruthless and kaniving US interests are. Look around the globe. There's always an agenda as to why the US continues to have a drug epidemic problem.

      Follow the money

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  7. Confirman detención de Julio César 'N', presunto líder de 'La Línea'

    http://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/nacional/detienen-a-presunto-lider-de-la-linea-brazo-armado-del-cartel-de-juarez

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  8. Senor Chivis, the only part of the article that made my eyes grow wider is about better efforts to control arms and ammunition. Without armas and without municiones it will help. The selfish gringos who subsidize violence with their money for drugs remain hidden in the EUA. Nobody wants to talk about this. These are people who drive all the way across town to save 10 cents on a gallon of gasoline. Because Mexican mota is cheaper they will never buy legal marijuana. But no one talks about this.

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    1. Chivis is a chick lol

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    2. 226 you are definitely blind as a bat. Since when did you hear Chivis became a man?

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  9. It’s great to see both of them communicate as both countries do have a common enemy. I agree Chivis, Trump will throw him a bone in December and we shall see where that takes us. Corruption keeps the bad breathing and AMLO has an opportunity.

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  10. Legalization is the only way. As long as there is demand and profit and poor people willing/needing to sell themselves drug consumption will flourish due to plentifull supply.

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    1. When is Mexico going to legalize murder?

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    2. It has to be synchronized legalization, in both USA/Mex.

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  11. This only means that out with the old (cds) in with the new (cjng) los nuevos dueños

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    1. Cjng is on the decline already. They didn’t even last epn 6 years before the begining of the end

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    2. pues le pegaron una recia atus dueños ahora por los altos d jalisco.

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  12. No va a cambiar nada, porque el gobierno esta involucrado...hasta Los Pinos llegan las ratas. La misma canción, con diferentes cantantes.

    Hasta luego,
    AmigoAnónimo

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    1. Yep same everywhere. Same old song & dance. Always gets worse before it gets better. Just like laws crime always evolves.
      -Chiraq

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  13. Of course they are bringing new stuff to the table thanks to the sinaloas El mayo and caro who can't be captured the DEA mentioned them and say the will keep hunting them if one gets caught then it will all be worth it i say send the us marines to Mexico a go kill El mayo since his people are ex marines why not

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    1. If American military ever went into Mexico. It would be Army Delta Force, Army S.F.,Navy Seals or Army Rangers. It’ll be any one of these first on the ground. Not the Marines. On the off chance the Marines show up they would only be there in a security capacity. Nothing more. Look at your history books. Noriega was caught by the Rangers. Hussein was picked up by a regular Army division (those in the know will tell you Delta got his ass).Bin Laden went to the Seals. Marines take their orders from the Navy. Not the other way around. I’m not sorry to say that either. - Sol Prendido

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    2. It would be marvelous, they bring in US Marines, unfortunately I hate to break your bubble. But the Mexican government, will say they can handle it, no help needed(which the common person would agree they need help big time). They want curruption to continue.

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    3. El Mayo is the only reason Mexico is not in total chaos. Kill him but then suffer the consequences, total war.

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    4. That's how they caught chapo the last time, it was special ops from u.s with marina uniforms.

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    5. Si el gobierno de Mexico es inteligente, va a dejar entrar a EUA a limpiar la casa. Antes no quería porque se iba a descubrir toda la asociación criminals del gobierno con los carteles pero con el nuevo Presidente podría ser distinto (ojalá).

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    6. Time is catching up to El Mayo not the law, If I had to make an educated guess El Mayo will probably leave this world a free man & of old age.

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  14. This sounds to me like again using tools that didnt work in the past.
    More aggressive. More arrests.push harder.
    Doing social work for the locals in chigaco would make it a netter chigaco.
    And for mx, legal mota. Let then have their leaders but go after the money and soldiers and the bribed politicians.cops and judges...

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  15. More agressive than fast n furious no fuck u usa hurry the fuck up dea get as many convicts as u can n let AMLO take care of our country

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  16. Cds will be on top because they got help from DEA. Cds are government informants. They will go after cjng hard this year. Mencho will be caught and more violence and instability in Mexico will continue even more due to the fragmentation of cjng. Cjng is the biggest cartel

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  17. The U.S.A staying on top of cartel money.. all these small fractions are a rebellion to the empire.lol everybody pays! Sinaloa knows this so, does the old school narcos.

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  18. CDS mayo & CQ are getting help from the DEA. Eliminate all other cartels & keep the cookie jar easy to monitor. Just like how the DEA does with the Dark Web.

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  19. Cartels Cant take cjng out but the government can

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  20. Read between the lines it says....CIA counterintelligence is backing Mayo and Caro in order to reform the drug trade in Mexico. Without this assistance there will be no guiding light

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  21. Want to win the war on drugs, simple...legalize them in the U.S! To all you naysayers on this, here's a thought... When was the last time you bought a moonshine case of beer or bottle of wine from your buddy JOE on the street corner? Hmmmm.. exactly my point. Let the big companies control quality and selling of WEED and whatever else, tax it, keep the money into the US economy. F**k funding the cartels on drugs... Time to decapitate them where it really counts for them, drug proceeds.

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