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Mexican official: Cartels send $64B in drugs into US annually

February 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican official: Cartels send $64B in drugs into US annually

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President Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border could cost Mexico more than just the price of its construction: an official determined that cartels send a remarkable $64 billion worth of drugs into the U.S. annually.

The whopping number only reflects wholesale and doesn’t factor the additional $150 billion in distribution sales of illegal narcotics.

Mexico’s former Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna revealed the statistics at a recent conference in Ciudad Juarez. Luna said that drug cartels have successfully exploited financial, globalization, and technology markets to fulfill America’s appetite for narcotics, the Latin American Herald Tribune reported.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto pictured with Donald Trump

In 2013, Forbes identified Luna as one of the country’s top 10 most corrupt officials, and he has long been said to have ties to the Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

His approximation may be astronomical, but Scott Stewart, the vice president for tactical analysis for Stratfor– an Austin-based geopolitical intelligence agency, said it sounds about right.

“It runs into the tens of billions of dollars,” Stewart stated.

Stewart added that no one, not even drug cartels, are aware of how much money is being made. He did note that the Mexican heroin and meth economy is booming, which is apparent in the remarkable rise of overdoses in the United States.

Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman during a recent court appearance

Establishing the wall, which Trump famously claims that Mexico will pay for, will suspend the twin tides of illegals and deadly drugs, Rep. Duncan Hunter said.

“Drug smugglers will get creative and look for new ways to evade law enforcement, but without any infrastructure, we’re essentially inviting them to cross the land border either by vehicle or by foot,” Hunter said in an interview with Fox News. “In San Diego, the double-fence halted vehicle drug drive-throughs.”

Hunter added that improvements in fencing and Border Patrol strategies have significantly diminished both human and drug smuggling.

“Fencing can cut off major corridors for smugglers, and it’s a force multiplier for the Border Patrol that stops crossing attempts or slows them down enough for agents to respond,” Hunter continued.

 

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