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Border patrol moves focus to Texas to combat Mexican drug cartels

Success in tightening border in Arizona means people- and drug-smuggling gangs increasingly look to remote Texas for route into US US border protection officials are preparing to shift their attentions from Arizona to Texas in a bid to combat the evolving efforts of Mexican gangs to smuggle people and drugs…

Central American drug violence surges as cartels move south

Drug-related violence has surged to “alarming and unprecedented” levels in Central America as Mexican drug cartels have shifted their operations, a UN report said Tuesday. The move “has resulted in increased levels of violence, kidnapping, bribery torture and homicide” in Central America, the annual report by the International Narcotics Control…

Mexico unearths 600-meter border drug tunnel

TIJUANA, Mexico — Mexican authorities have unearthed a 600-meter (1,800-foot) drug smuggling tunnel beneath the US border, the second such find in the same area this month. The 15-foot-deep tunnel found on Tuesday was similar to another tunnel found on November 16, and contained both lighting and transport carts, indicating…

New drug tunnel found under U.S.-Mexico border

LOS ANGELES — US authorities announced Wednesday they had uncovered a “major” drug-smuggling tunnel under the US-Mexico border, the latest such find on the troubled frontier. US and Mexican officers seized at least 14 tons of marijuana and arrested two people linked to the “sophisticated” tunnel, which linked warehouses in…

Iran case shows growing national security role of Drug Enforcement Administration

By Basil Katz NEW YORK (Reuters) – The idea of Mexican drug cartels cooperating with Iranian plotters to carry out bombings and murders in the United States may be far-fetched. That is because the alleged plan by Iranian-American suspect Manssor Arbabsiar and a co-defendant to use a Mexican gang to…

Feds claim to have foiled Washington, D.C. terror plot

Federal agents have disrupted a major plot involving a “significant terrorist act in the United States,” federal officials told ABC News Tuesday. The attack had ties to Iran, they said. The Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C. were the intended targets of the bomb plot, and Saudi Arabian ambassador…

As cartels rapidly expand in U.S. cities, authorities confront futility of drug arrests

America’s war on drugs is virtually lost on all fronts: illicit drug use is increasing, drug cartels are growing stronger and enforcement is becoming less effective — and the government is well aware of all this, according to documents released this week. In three separate releases this week — a…

Feds bust Iraqi crime ring said to be selling IEDs to Mexican drug cartels

By Grace Wyler Federal law enforcement agents in San Diego arrested 60 people in connection with an Iraqi criminal ring with ties to Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. The gang is accused of selling drugs, machine guns and improvised bombs (IEDs) out of a social club for Iraqi immigrants in El…

At least 27 beheaded in attack on Guatemala farm: police

GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) – At least 27 people were found decapitated on a farm in northern Guatemala on the Mexican border Sunday, and police officials say the killings could be linked to drug gangs operating in the area. “Among the 27 dead were two women. All of them were beheaded,”…

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