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Developing: Los Zetas Grew Marijuana Growth Field on TEXAS SOIL

April 8, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Developing: Los Zetas Grew Marijuana Growth Field on TEXAS SOIL

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Breitbart News Network is reporting that U.S. law enforcement has discovered a two million dollar marijuana field in Texas linked directly to the Mexican Los Zetas Drug Cartel.

Police discovered the marijuana field in Webb County, near Laredo, Texas.

Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza confirmed the cartel link, however, he stopped short of naming the Mexican transnational crime syndicate as being responsible. Garza did acknowledge that both the Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and the Laredo, Texas regions are Los Zetas strongholds.

Garza stated, “This seizure suggests cartel drug production operations are moving north across into Texas and the United States. It will just be a matter of time before more of these production operations start popping up in and around our communities.” He continued, “Local law enforcement is hesitant to acknowledge cartel connections in these types of cases, largely due to the economic damage to border communities when Americans realize that cartel activity is spilling over. Regardless, the truth must be spoken.”

The existence of the marijuana fields was first reported by the Laredo Morning Times, though they did not have the Los Zetas connection provided by Agent Garza. The paper wrote:

At about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, DPS and Border Patrol raided a ranch off U.S. 59 in northeast Webb County. They discovered two large fields of marijuana plants, which appeared to be well maintained. Some measured up to 5 feet tall.

Following the raid, the Sheriff’s Office said 1,072 plants were seized. Six weapons were also confiscated, including an AK-47 and a .223-caliber assault rifle.

“It is a matter of business for the cartels. It’s about the bottom line. We have seen several large drug production operations in Texas at this point. This one is just another to add to the list. These cartels are here and they are becoming more brazen in what they are willing to do on U.S. soil,” said Agent Garza. He continued, “Border Patrol agents in the Laredo Sector played a vital role in this bust and their service, along with the service of local law enforcement, was crucial in delivering a strong blow to transnational criminal groups who dare violate U.S. laws in such a brazen manner.”

Texas is not the only state in the U.S. to see Mexican cartel drug production operations in their territory. Though it is widely understood that much of the illicit narcotic supply in the U.S. either belongs or belonged to a Mexican cartel at some point, few realize that the transnational criminal organizations attempt to actually produce their product on U.S. soil.

In a previous report from June 2013, this reporter covered a case in the Pacific Northwest where a Mexican national operated a meth operation for the Sinaloa Federation on U.S. soil. In that case, the man actually oversaw domestic production of methamphetamine for the cartel.

In addition to the Washington state case, in May 2013 several Mexican nationals were sentenced for distribution and manufacture in an Idaho methamphetamine ring. In that case, the transnational criminal organization involved was believed to be the Sinaloa Federation and precursor chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine were purchased in the state of California by the group.

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