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DEA: Mexico’s fast growing rapidly expanding to El Paso region

October 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
DEA: Mexico’s fast growing rapidly expanding to El Paso region

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Mexico’s newest cartel has developed into the region of El Paso, a new report issued by the U.S. DEA revealed.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel has expanded into the borderland region, where trafficking is still controlled by the Sinaloa and Juárez cartels, the DEA’s 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment indicated.

The report also noted that meth is the El Paso region’s greatest threat, followed by heroin.

A DEA map in the report indicates that the Jalisco-based drug gang in the previous year had extended their operations to several cities, which include San Diego, Seattle, and New York.

The Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJN), also has a presence in southern cities, such as in Birmingham, Alabama, Charleston, South Carolina, and Gulfport, Mississippi.

The drug threat report reemphasizes what Will R. Glaspy, who was a special agent in the DEA’s El Paso Division, said in September before leaving to lead the DEA Houston Division.

Members of the ultra-violent Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel interrogate members of Los Zetas

“They are making inroads into Chihuahua. We have seen that from several of our investigations,” Glaspy said. “They are establishing a presence that a couple of years ago they didn’t have.”

The National Drug Threat Assessment added that the DEA had 46 open investigations into the new cartel’s hierarchy in 2017, compared to only 26 in 2016.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel grew instantly since breaking off from the Sinaloa cartel in 2010.

The cartel based in Guadalajara is primarily involved in large-scale meth trafficking and also trafficks cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

The DEA stated that the cartel sneaks meth from Guadalajara through Tijuana to distribution centers in Los Angeles and San Jose, California. New Generation members are also implicated in drug smuggling in Juárez and Nuevo Laredo.

“CJNG’s expansion of their drug trafficking activities is characterized by the organization’s willingness to engage in violent confrontations with Government security forces and rival cartels,” the drug threat report added. “CJNG has distribution hubs in the cities of Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta.”

The 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment added that the Juárez and Sinaloa cartels still have a presence in El Paso.

Caps with a New Generation logo were found along with tactical gear, ammunition, and assault rifles at a home in Juárez on Feb. 12. (Photo: Courtesy Chihuahua attorney general’s office)

The Sinaloa drug cartel has the “most expansive international footprint” of the six major cartels.

The Sinaloa cartel is active throughout Mexico, and in cities across the U.S. The cartel has hubs in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago and border smuggling operations in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas,.

The Juárez cartel, which has decreased in size since its war with the Sinaloa cartel, still works in its traditional area in Chihuahua state, New Mexico, and West Texas.

The Juárez cartel, which also goes by La Linea, is primarily involved in marijuana and cocaine trafficking though it has expanded to heroin and meth.

“Though not as expansive as the Sinaloa Cartel, the Juarez Cartel continues to impact United States consumer markets primarily in El Paso, Denver, Chicago, and Oklahoma City,” the drug threat report added.

Though Mexican cartels have cells in various cities in the United States, cartel members here tend to evade the violence that is out of control in Mexico.

“Unlike their counterparts, U.S.-based Mexican transnational criminal organization members strive to maintain low visibility and refrain from inter-cartel violence to avoid law enforcement detection,” the report said.

“While drug-related murders have reached epidemic proportions in Mexico, this phenomenon has not translated into violence in the United States.”

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