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DEA Announces Largest Single U.S. Strike Against Mexican Drug Cartels
Contact: Terri K. Wyatt Special Agent/PIO, (214) 366-6900 ^ | October 22, 2009 | DEA Public Affairs,

Posted on 08/08/2012 10:14:57 PM PDT by Rabin

“ATF’s arrest of defendants in Project Coronado highlight the almost inseparable link between illegal trafficking of firearms and narcotics between the U.S. and Mexico,” said ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson. “ATF ... focuses its investigative tools on criminal groups such as La Familia, ... It is alleged that La Familia used proceeds from the sale of drugs to purchase or obtain hundreds of firearms that were then moved illicitly to Mexico.” Project Coronado through OCDETF., (Special Operations Division), DEA, FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Marshals Service and ATF, as well as attorneys from the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug, 300+federal, state, local and foreign agencies. Project Coronado through OCDETF.

(Excerpt) Read more at justice.gov ...


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: borderwars; cartels; dea; drugcartels; drugs; drugwar; lafamilia; mexicodrugcartel; projectcoronado; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd
Coronado> OCDETF, 300+, federal, state, local and foreign agencies .

Gun-walker> OCDETF, just a few kids in the hood. Sure.

Rab

1 posted on 08/08/2012 10:15:07 PM PDT by Rabin
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To: Rabin

Why not give them the code-words as well? The cartels already know it’s coming now.


2 posted on 08/08/2012 10:21:01 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Rabin

They still haven’t found Heisenberg yet.


3 posted on 08/08/2012 10:34:03 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Rabin
>"ATF ... focuses its investigative tools on criminal groups such as La Familia,"

No Big surprise there! Ricky and Racky are partners with the Sinola competition.

4 posted on 08/08/2012 10:41:16 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Rabin
So this happened in Oct 2009. I will tell you how much of an effect this "strike" has had on the Mexican cartels. In the past 3 years the Mexican cartels have now taken control of many of the drug corridors in the U.S.

It used to be the Mexicans were satisfied with getting it across the border and then dumping it into domestic trafficking groups. Now the cartels do the interstate trafficking as well. Coke that hits the south border is being run all the way to Canada by Mexicans. They are also running meth and heroin. It used to be meth was at best a regionally produced drug. The government locked down the precursors in the U.S. and now the Mexicans have replaced those supply lines.

5 posted on 08/08/2012 10:45:43 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Rabin
"To date, Project Coronado has led to the arrest of 1,186 individuals and the seizure of approximately $33 million in U.S. currency, 1,999 kilograms of cocaine, 2,730 pounds of methamphetamine, 29 pounds of heroin, 16,390 pounds of marijuana, 389 weapons, 269 vehicles, and two clandestine drug labs."

The drugs they had on hand were easily worth $200 Million and only $33 Million cash was found? They were probably selling that much every 1-2 months. 1186 people is like a good size corporation and I'm sure the DEA put great effort into tracking down the cash. Cash often occupies more space and is harder to hide than the drugs themselves. The DEA and USCBP use about as many cash dogs as drug dogs nowadays. This haul seems rather "light" for some reason...

6 posted on 08/08/2012 11:02:44 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: USNBandit

You know they are paying off a lot of people in government.


7 posted on 08/09/2012 1:16:40 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: USNBandit

Exactly

It is all about “reporting the numbers”. The ROE on the South Texas Border now (will not name sectors) is to concentrate on drugs. Pull back on the illegals (gonna catch and release anyway) and full focus on drugs from field to check points to field.

Get the numbers up the food chains so that they can be factored and so on and so on.

Thanks NAFTA CAFTA SHAFTA and our FERAL Government NON-immigration enforcement our southern borders are more than UNsecure. Mass ass confussion and BIG BIG money leading all the way to the the highest offices in our FERAL Government. Until our FERAL Government really starts fighting this WAR against drugs like WW1 and WW11, then it will be hopeless. Time for some dirt naps for these drug smugglers when caught.


8 posted on 08/09/2012 2:46:35 AM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: Rabin

This story is 3 years old and the drug dealers are still going strong.


9 posted on 08/09/2012 3:54:38 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Secret Agent Man

“They still haven’t found Heisenberg yet.”

Oh the uncertainty of it all.


10 posted on 08/09/2012 4:13:20 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: eartick
Until our FERAL Government really starts fighting this WAR against drugs like WW1 and WW11, then it will be hopeless.

LOL. You talk like you think they actually have any intention at all of ever ending the "war on drugs". There is far too much money involved, both inside and outside of government for them to have any intentions of ending the "war",  through victory or surrender. It has paid off handsomely in our bright, shiny and murderous new paramilitarized police forces. They've gone really well in the courts, by slowly building on precidents that stretch back to prohibition (you know, when the laws against alcohol actually had a constitutional basis). Funny, that once the constitution was amended, none of those precidents ever went away even though they were effectively based on nothing but air.

They've still got a lot of people support in this rediculous attack on "drugs', which strangely always really comes down to ultimately being an attack on our rights. Granted, there is less support these days that there used to be, except for those who benefit directly from the money and corruption it fosters, but the feral government understands one important point about their rule over us, and that is that they are ready, willing, and able to use all those guns the taxpayers have bought for them, while the rest of us are apparently not, even though we know, in our hearts, what you do to feral dogs.

11 posted on 08/09/2012 6:53:39 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: zeugma

“LOL. You talk like you think they actually have any intention at all of ever ending the “war on drugs””

OH, sorry I gave you that impression, you are gravely if you think I feel that way ol buddy. I am a realist and know our over paid masters have NO intentions of ending it only promoting it. The “Drug War” is their CASH COW. Simple as that.

I was only stating, IF they wanted to end it, they would be fighting it like WW1 and WW2, dirt naps for all smugglers. Let’s make some REAL examples of these scums, not just inflate the numbers and play these shell games. SMOKE ‘EM when you find ‘em.


12 posted on 08/09/2012 11:19:14 AM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: eartick
It's already the case that drug dealers face a very real risk of death - yet there's no shortage of them, and when one goes down another springs up to take his place. The money is just too good - thanks to the War On Drugs' hyperinflating drug profits and restricting them to criminal hands.
13 posted on 08/09/2012 11:48:12 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

I am going to have to go back and check my posts, but I do not believe I said one word about drug dealers.


14 posted on 08/09/2012 3:36:35 PM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: eartick
The whole thread is about drug dealers - do you mean to say you posted in this thread about smugglers who are not drug dealers?
15 posted on 08/14/2012 9:35:38 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Comparing a Cartel Smuggling/distribution center to a drug dealer is like comparing a volcano to a parlor fart.......

I stand by what I posted.

Go harrass someone else, I am busy.


16 posted on 08/14/2012 3:26:40 PM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: eartick
It's already the case that drug dealers face a very real risk of death - yet there's no shortage of them, and when one goes down another springs up to take his place. The money is just too good - thanks to the War On Drugs' hyperinflating drug profits and restricting them to criminal hands.

Comparing a Cartel Smuggling/distribution center to a drug dealer is like comparing a volcano to a parlor fart.......

Are you claiming that what I said doesn't apply to drug smugglers/distributors?

I stand by what I posted.

Go harrass someone else,

So refuting your posts is "harassment"? Have a hankie.

I am busy.

But not too busy to whine about being "harrassed".

17 posted on 08/15/2012 9:06:59 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: eartick

Killing drug smugglers would have Unintended Consequences.
You don’t think they can’t find the homes and families of LEOs and elected officials for a little “payback?”


18 posted on 08/15/2012 9:22:15 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Little Ray
Killing drug smugglers would have Unintended Consequences.

Not to mention that it's already the case that drug dealers face a very real risk of death - yet there's no shortage of them, and when one goes down another springs up to take his place. The money is just too good - thanks to the War On Drugs' hyperinflating drug profits and restricting them to criminal hands.

19 posted on 08/15/2012 9:25:08 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: Little Ray

You do not have to kill a Cartel member before they seek out “payback”.

In Brooks County, they put a hit on the County Sheriff and County Investigator just for getting in their way. Yep, just slowing down the flow.

But what do you want to do Lil Ray, lay down, bend over or ignore it and hope it goes away. Sometimes, you just gotta take the good with the bad.


20 posted on 08/15/2012 4:59:06 PM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: eartick
I keep thinking that there might be something to legalization. I usually get over it, but it is there as an option. One thing (the “Beau Ideal”) is to put an end to requiring prescriptions; but if you use a drug for which you have no prescription (like a recreational one...) nobody but the user has any liability...

Failing that, I am of the opinion that it is waste of time time to kill, capture or arrest, the soldiers, smugglers or dealers, seize the product, etc. These things are far to easy to replace. You have to go up the chain after their logistics and command structure to be effective.

I'd discard the usual rules, and start killing (not arresting) upper level cartel members and their entire families. No arrests, no mercy, no publicity. Just lots and lots of dead bodies. I'd kill them from the air, from the ground, from the sea. And I wouldn't give a darn about “collateral damage.” Get between “us” and “them” and you die, too. But if they surrender, and hand over the keys to the shop, well, I can see giving them amnesty and big chunk of the money to go somewhere else and not be a nuisance.

“Money” is the highest level of logistics. If they can't pay for stuff, their operations will eventually choke. I'd go after their money, and any organizations that dared to handle it for them, in the same way. Steal the money, destroy the bank or whatever organization is handling the money, and kill anyone connected to handling the it. The money is fed back into covert war, with minimal accounting, and definitely no crooked (Congressional) oversight. Again, no legal process. Just theft, destruction, and death.

I'd also go after their lawyers...

21 posted on 08/16/2012 6:53:08 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Little Ray
but if you use a drug for which you have no prescription (like a recreational one...) nobody but the user has any liability...

Not entirely true; if your drug isn't what was bought/sold it's a case of fraud.
If it's cut with [non-drug] poisons then it's a case of attempted murder.

22 posted on 08/21/2012 5:58:06 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

That won’t be much of an issue if you buy from a pharmacy (and if nobody is trying to kill you...).


23 posted on 08/22/2012 6:31:42 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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