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Report: 64 Percent of fugitives sought by the DEA from Mexico

April 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Report: 64 Percent of fugitives sought by the DEA from Mexico

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A review of the most wanted fugitive list published by the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) indicated that less than 16% of DEA fugitives are from the U.S.

A review of the DEA’s fugitive list was conducted between April 18th to April 21st, in which all 21 DEA groups were evaluated.

The 21 DEA groups that oversee the U.S. had a total of 902 recorded fugitives. The place-of-birth of 115 of the individuals is not clear.

The remaining 787 fugitives are from 38 countries with the overwhelming majority being natives of Mexico.

The top three countries that DEA fugitives originate from are (1) Mexico (505); (2) United States (124); and (3) Colombia (21).

According to Breitbart Texas, out of the 787 fugitives whose place-of-birth is not clear, 70% are from south of the border, with 64% of these individuals from Mexico.

The DEA Office of Congressional and Public Affairs said in a statement:

“Each division is responsible for updating their fugitive site, and that is done as needed. If there is someone that has been arrested and needs to come down they do it, however, there are instances where some have been arrested outside of the U.S. so, in that instance, they would remain on the fugitive website until they have been extradited. Each division does quarterly reviews of their sites to check the status the fugitives.”

In the National Drug Threat Assessment Summary published in 2016, the DEA states that Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations serve as the most significant drug threat to the nation.

“Mexican transnational criminal organizations [TCOs] remain the greatest drug threat to the United States; no other group is positioned to challenge them. These TCOs maintain territorial influence over regions in Mexico used for the cultivation, production, importation, and transportation of drugs. By controlling smuggling corridors across the U.S., Mexican TCOs can introduce multi-ton quantities of drugs into the U.S. on a yearly basis. The poly-drug portfolio maintained by Mexican TCOs consists of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and to a lesser extent, fentanyl. Once these drugs are smuggled across the border, they are delivered to consumer markets in the U.S. using transportation routes and cells that Mexican TCOs oversee directly and indirectly.

The DEA notes these six drug cartels in Mexico as having the greatest drug impact on the U.S.: Sinaloa, Jalisco New Generation, Juarez, Gulf, Los Zetas, and the Beltran-Leyva Organization.

The most dominant of the drug cartels is the Sinaloa Federation, which the DEA states “maintains the most expansive international footprint amongst Mexican cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel exports and distributes wholesale amounts of meth, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin in the U.S. … Illicit drugs distributed by the Sinaloa Cartel are smuggled into the U.S. through crossings located along Mexico’s border with California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.”

The entire southern border is broken down into “Plazas” or turf that is controlled by the cartels.

One of the reasons that the drug cartels have so much power is because they often bribe high-ranking officials and law enforcement in Mexico which permits them to work with impunity.

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