Category Archives: Drugs and Cartels

May 21, 2017

Feds Bust DREAMer, 6 Migrants Allegedly Connected to Drug Smuggling Organization

Border Patrol agents in Los Angeles arrested seven foreign nationals believed to be associated with a “cross –border narcotics smuggling organization.” The arrests follow a prior bust in April where officials seized 33 pounds of cocaine and $630,000 in cash.

Border Patrol agents arrested Claudia Rueda-Vidal, 22, on an immigration violation. Authorities stated she is illegally residing in the U.S. in violation of the terms of her visa, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman Mark Endicott. Rueda-Vidal is the daughter of Teresa Vidal-Jaime and Hugo Rueda. Law enforcement officials arrested the couple on April 24 during a raid where police say large amounts of drugs and cash were discovered.

Following the arrest of her parents in April, Rueda-Vidal appeared at a protest, joining other activist rebelling against immigration enforcement by the Trump Administration, the Los Angeles Times reported. After Vidal-Javier gave investigators permission to search her apartment, officials found $600,000 in cash and one ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

One of the protest organizers, Marcela Hernandez, told the West Coast newspaper that Vidal-Jaime “didn’t know anything about anything in the apartment. She let them in.”

Vidal-Jaime and her daughter illegally entered the U.S. in 2001, officials reported. Rueda-Vidal is reportedly attending classes at Cal State Los Angeles. “I know my mother is innocent, and both [the Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol] know that, which is why they were supposed to let her go,” she said in an April statement. Rueda-Vidal is also known to be an immigration activist. The photo above shows her 2012 arrest by Los Angeles police during a protest over the Secure Communities immigration program. That program worked to help remove criminal aliens from jails and turn them over to immigration officials for deportation.

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May 19, 2017

Denver Library Turns Into A Den For Drug Deals And Heroin Use

A reporter who stayed in the library for three days undercover witnessed multiple drug deals, many with children in the vicinity, and addicts injecting heroin.

Dealers and addicts are turning Denver’s largest public library into a drug den, resulting in multiple overdoses and reports of sexual assaults.

Police dispatchers received 44 calls from the Denver Public Library’s central branch for drug overdoses on the premises between January and April of 2017. The problem is getting so bad that library security workers are now trained to administer Narcan, the overdose reversal drug. Eleven emergency calls regarding sexual assault came from the library over the same period, an increase of 83 percent from 2016, according to an investigation by reporters with 9News.

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He also saw a man dealing crystal meth near the section of the library designated for teenagers.

“I’m horrified by it,” Denver librarian Michelle Jeske told 9News. “It’s really sad that it’s happening here. And I’m sad for those people who have that drug addiction.”

Security at the library keeps an updated “Ban Book” of individuals barred from the premises for various violations. In addition to the regular drug deals and abuse going on in the library, security has also dealt with drunken brawls and cases of indecent exposure in the children’s section.

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May 14, 2017

Mexico Is World’s Second Most Violent Country, Report Says

In the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reported, “Mexican TCOs [Drug Cartels] remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group is now positioned to challenge them”. “There are no air strikes”, Parakilas said.

The increasing war among drug cartels in Mexico and against the armed and police forces caused 23,000 fatal victims in 2016, compared to the 17,000 dead people in Iraq and 16,000 in Afghanistan. It also disagreed with the report’s methodology. Now, only Syria, embroiled in a baffling six-year-long civil war, surpasses Mexico in conflict-related deaths.

The largest number of fatalities occurred in Mexican states that have become “key battlegrounds for control between competing, increasingly fragmented cartels”, he said, with violence flaring as gangs try to clear areas of rivals so they can monopolize drug trafficking routes.

And that’s not just because of heroin, which killed more Americans than guns in 2015: According to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment, Mexican cartels “work with smaller local criminal groups and gangs across the United States for retail drug distribution and transportation” in major cities like Chicago, Boston, and Washington. “Their conclusions have no basis in the case of Mexico”.

Mexican drug cartels take in between $19 billion and $29 billion annually from USA drug sales, according to the Department of Homeland Security. “We think absolute numbers are a good way of measuring intensity”, he said.

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May 13, 2017

Mexican Cartel Kills Activist Mom Searching for Mass Graves

Cartel gunmen have murdered a woman who led the search for her daughter’s remains and other victims in northern Mexico. The gunmen killed her on the day Mexico celebrates Mother’s Day.

Mexican authorities have confirmed the murder of Miriam Elizabeth Rodriguez Martinez, on the night of May 10 in the city of San Fernando, Tamaulipas. As Breitbart Texas reported, San Fernando has a long history of being a stronghold of Los Zetas Cartel, one of the most ruthless criminal organizations in Mexico. Two former Tamaulipas governors are wanted by the U.S. Department of Justice on money laundering charges for their roles as surrogates of the Los Zetas. One of those politicians is also wanted on multiple drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Los Zetas have been behind the execution of 72 Central American immigrants who were murdered in San Fernando in an apparent show of force. The same criminal organization has been singled out as being behind the disappearance of hundreds of victims from San Fernando. In 2011, close to 200 victims were discovered in shallow graves in rural areas near San Fernando. At the time, authorities revealed that the victims may have been kidnapped off passenger buses or may have been motorists traveling one of the state’s main highways near the city.

In 2012, cartel gunmen kidnapped the daughter of Miriam Elizabeth Rodriguez Martinez. Despite the lack of cooperation from the Mexican federal government, the activist formed a support group that focused on pressuring the government and helping locate missing victims. Rodriguez Martinez was able to locate the mass grave where the gunmen buried her daughter’s body. Through her work, Martinez was able to contribute to the arrest of nine Los Zetas gunmen directly responsible for her daughter’s kidnapping.

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Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown ‘changed my life’

At the height of his fame, Cary Grant turned to LSD therapy for help. He later claimed the drug saved him, but did it also spell the end of his career?

In the late 1950s, at the height of his fame, Cary Grant set off on a trip in search of his true self, unpicking the myth he had spent three decades perfecting. He tried hypnosis and yoga and felt that they both came up short. So he began dropping acid and claimed to have found inner peace. “During my LSD sessions, I would learn a great deal,” he would later remark. “And the result was a rebirth. I finally got where I wanted to go.”

Grant’s adventures in psychedelia – an estimated 100 sessions, spanning the years 1958-1961 – provide the basis for Becoming Cary Grant, a fascinating documentary that plays at next week’s Cannes film festival. It’s a film that takes its lead from Grant himself, undressing and probing the star of North by Northwest to the point where the very title risks feeling like a red herring. “Like all documentary makers, we started out looking at the construction of Cary Grant,” says producer Nick Ware. “But we ended up deconstructing him through the LSD sessions.”

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May 12, 2017

ICE arrests 1,378 suspected gang members in largest sweep to date (Video)

During the operation, HSI partnered with other law enforcement agencies to seize more than 200 firearms, narcotics like cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and marijuana and $491,763 in U.S. currency.

The Trump administration has concluded a six-week nationwide sweep of suspected gang members with 1,378 arrests — the largest such gang sweep conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to date.

The operation, which ran from March 26 through May 6, targeted gang members and associates involved in transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.

“Gangs threaten the safety of our communities, not just in major metropolitan areas, but in our suburbs and rural areas, too,” ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said Thursday. “Gang-related violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere.”

According to ICE, of the 1,378 total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens, and 1,095 were confirmed as gang members or affiliates. Also, 104 of those arrested were affiliated with the dreaded MS-13 gang, eight of whom illegally crossed the border as unaccompanied minors.

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Cocaine Markets Are So Saturated, Cartels Are Doing The Unthinkable

The Colombian government’s strategy for combating the record output is inadvertently fueling the problem. The government is paying farmers who kill their coca plants in cash, incentivizing farmers to plant as much coca as possible before officials arrive in their community to give out the money.

Record cocaine production in Colombia is creating such a saturated market, gangs and traffickers are leaving excess coca leaves out in the fields to rot.

Coca cultivation is dominating the agricultural market in Colombia after a decade of decline. Production today even eclipses the cocaine output of Pablo Escobar’s infamous Medellin Cartel. Roughly 460,000 acres of coca is currently planted throughout the country, producing 710 metric tons of cocaine in 2015, up from only 235 metric tons of output in 2013, reports The Washington Post.

Gangs, traffickers and farmers are growing so much of the crop, excess coca leaves are being left rotting in fields. Prices are also falling amid the production boom, partially driven by financial incentives from the Colombian government to ditch coca leaves for legal alternatives.

FARC rebels and the Colombian government signed a peace agreement in 2016 ending more than 50 years of conflict, with a pledge from the rebels to transition farmers under their control from coca production to legal alternatives.

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May 7, 2017

Retired NYPD Narcotics Detective Among Over Two Dozen People Arrested In Heroin Ring Bust

When Jackson was pulled over on the day of his arrest, he flashed Young’s courtesy shield from a wallet reading “detectives husband,” alongside a PBA card saying “please show consideration to the member of a service husband.”

A retired NYPD narcotics detective was one of the 26 people busted as part of a Bushwick-based heroin ring.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas says retired Detective Karan Young helped her boyfriend operate his heroin ring that netted about $170,000 every week by peddling the deadly drug to hundreds of addicts.

“This is unique, in that a former law enforcement person is now involved,” Singas said at a Friday press conference. “Frankly, it’s shocking to those of us in law enforcement.”

Young’s boyfriend, Leigh Jackson — also known as Big Chris — allegedly had a heroin distribution ring set up in barber and auto body shops in Nassau County, Queens, and Brooklyn. His heroin was stamped “Taster’s Choice,” and authorities say he was responsible for several overdoses — at least one of which in Nassau County was fatal.

“These traffickers were on pace to pump more than one million doses into our streets in one year,” Singas said.

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May 6, 2017

Marijuana found stashed in shipment of Ford Fusions from Mexico to Minnesota

In a separate incident on March 10, railroad police notified the police department in Dilworth, Minnesota, that marijuana was found in a Ford Fusion from Mexico.

A shipment of Ford Fusions traveling by rail from Mexico to Minnesota has been found to have marijuana hidden inside the vehicles.

The shipment contained 15 Ford Fusions and each one had marijuana concealed in the trunks’ spare-tire space, the Arizona Daily Star reported Thursday.

A truck driver in a Minnesota rail yard had discovered the pot in two vehicles, which prompted a search of the other 13.

Each of the first two cars had 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of marijuana molded into the shape of spare tires and tucked inside plastic wrap, aluminum foil, coffee grounds and garbage bags.

Authorities had to search as far as 170 miles (274 kilometers) away from the original report to find all the cars.

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May 5, 2017

Movie of the Week: Narco Cultura (2013)

To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto …