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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mexico and US Joining Forces to Fight Cartels

Mexico and U.S. authorities join forces to fight back against the Mexican Drug Cartels.

By Michael Webster
Syndicated Investigative Reporter.

The 22-month multi-agency investigation called "Project Deliverance" resulted in the arrest of more than 2,200 individuals and the seizure of $154 million in U.S. currency, 1,262 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.5 tons of cocaine, 1,410 pounds of heroin, 69 tons of marijuana, 501 weapons, and 527 vehicles.

In announcing the latest arrests, Eric Holder the U.S. Attorney General praised Project Deliverance that he says has targeted the Mexican drug cartels and the smuggling of drugs, weapons and cash across the border. Meaning going into Mexico to fulfill the Presidents promise to the Mexican President at their last meeting in Mexico.

"This inter-agency, cross-border operation has been our most extensive, and most successful, law enforcement effort to date targeting these deadly cartels," Holder said. "Our aim was to target not just cartel operations, but the networks of individuals across the United States the cartels tap to distribute drugs in our country and smuggle cash and guns out of it."

The latest wave of arrests Holder said describing how about 3,000 U.S. agents and officers fanned out in 16 states. The action led to the arrest of the individuals and the seizure of more than 90 pounds of heroin, more than 2,900 pounds of marijuana and other illegal drugs. More than $5 million was also seized, he said.

So far Project Deliverance has resulted in criminal charges against more than 2,200 individuals, including Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha, the alleged leader of the Castro-Rocha drug trafficking organization. It has also led to seizure of more than $154 million; tons of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine and more than 500 weapons, Holder said.

Holder also praised the Mexican government for its role in supporting the crackdown and the joint effort by both Governments. More than 300 U.S. agencies, including the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, are part of the task force.

Recently the Mexican Government killed Drug kingpin Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, his death came during an Mexican army operation.

That result also challenges a long-held notion that Mexican government officials at the highest levels have been helping the Sinaloa cartel win the drug war. Coronel was the No. 3 of the gang led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most-wanted drug lord.

According to Mexican authorities the attack was exclusively a Mexican operation. However U.S. Law enforcement acknowledges that U.S. Intel played an important role. But the Mexicans insist that unlike other recent raids targeting top drug lords that have relied on U.S. intelligence, Mexican officials said after a month of intelligence work, the Mexican army zeroed in on Coronel at his mansion in an up scale suburb of Guadalajara Mexico.

One of the world's most powerful drug cartels took a major hit when soldiers killed the drug kingpin in a gun battle, and his death will likely mean more violence as factions fight for the cocaine and methamphetamine empire and smuggling corridors that he left behind.

"I absolutely believe that this will have an impact on ... the Sinaloa federation's capability to move their drugs, at least in the short term," said Dave Gaddis, deputy chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. "They will require time to rebuild."

Continuing the raids Friday, soldiers killed Coronel's nephew, Mario Carrasco Coronel, in a shootout in the suburb of Zapopan.

The Defense Department said in a statement that Carrasco Coronel was one of his uncle's possible successors. He opened fire on soldiers, wounding one, before he was killed, the department said.

The elder Coronel, who had a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head, is considered one of the founders of Mexico's methamphetamine trade, building clandestine laboratories in the country and smuggling the drug into the United States. He controlled meth and cocaine trafficking routes that extended from Mexico's Pacific coast and inland up to Arizona.

Holder noted that the latest attack on the drug cartels here in the states was just part of a continuing effort by the U.S. Government.

"Without question, these arrests and seizures will disrupt drug cartel operations and impact the ability of traffickers to move narcotics into the United States," Holder said. "These operations have struck a significant blow against the cartels, but make no mistake: We know that as successful as this operation was, it was just one battle in what is an ongoing war. These dangerous cartels will continue to attempt to wreak havoc on both sides of the border, and we will continue to target them with every resource available to the federal government and our state and local partners."

Obama had pledged to beef up security when he met recently with Mexico President Felipe Calderon.

U.S. State Dept.
Mexican Military


  1. It looks like we're going to have to build more federal prisons.

    And I was hoping that the amount of money used towards our Criminal Justice system would fianlly go towards schools. Nevermind, I guess.

  2. Many articles claim a war on drug gangs will not be succesful,depends on what you call success. I fail to see how the attack on corruption and inept govt institutions in Mexico has been of benefit to organized or disorganized crime in Mexico.If Mexico asks US will help. Obama and Calderon can arm wrestle over the political credit if any. Just imagine that some day Mexico will be civalized in western terms.

  3. 1-2-3-4....what are we fighting for ...don't ask ...i don't give a stop is Mazatlan...we need a 2000 mile DMZ/no narco zone between us and Mejico...a 300 yard shoot on site uninhabited areas...air patrols ...river patrol...horses... atv's... men on foot...Mexicans on their side, us gringos on our side...wanna help Mexico win the drug war...alto el pinche mierda at la frontera...if they can't bring it across it ain't worth shit to transport it through Mexico....and the more it piles up the less it is worth all the time...and will starve the addicted ass putas y big dealers en EUA as well...this whole shit feeds on flow ... no mo' woe ...who sed' rap wuz ded? ..they got us playin their game and mouse ...chinga esto ..make them play our game...transport it all the way across Mexico....and then be stuck with it at the border...jajaja what fuck faces?...given the power ..I could fix this shit in 6 meis...and then go back to Mexico and drink a cold indio y ver some chicas caliente bailando...y la vida estaría bien...i know my spanish sucks...but i am right anyway

  4. What we really need to do is go after the suppliers, Belize, Guatemala, Colombia, shut down that supply PERIOD!

  5. that is THEIR game .. us chasing mice around the jungle...THEIR is worthless unless you can get it to market...our plaza..they are fighting over access to OUR plaza....our game is, cut off access to the market/our plaza...much simpler to is OUR home ground ...demand creates supply, but the third part is the market, block the road to the market and the supply never makes it to the market need for supply ,we need to control our plaza/marketplace... it has already been proven to work in the case of Miami and south Florida , where the interdiction was so effective that the route shifted to it is time to interdict again at the border...we are the hawk circling overhead...mice have no chance...just need more hawks/predators/// vote me in as drug czar, and I will solve the problem in six months....and save both the USA and Mexico

  6. Federal prisons with cash money, ha!

    That money is dedicated for slush fund and walking around. Treasury will get 25%.

  7. Federal govt is probably using seized cash money to buy something useful for the authorities, such as the helicopters that have consisted of gun machines? Military weapons? They should have pay for victim's funeral service, compensation, or even hire professional trackers to find hidden tunnels from under the ground huh?

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