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D.E.A. Launders Mexican Profits of Drug Cartels
NY Times ^ | December 3, 2011 | GINGER THOMPSON

Posted on 12/03/2011 7:52:18 PM PST by neverdem

WASHINGTON — Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials.

The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.

They said agents had deposited the drug proceeds in accounts designated by traffickers, or in shell accounts set up by agents.

The officials said that while the D.E.A. conducted such operations in other countries, it began doing so in Mexico only in the past few years. The high-risk activities raise delicate questions about the agency’s effectiveness in bringing down drug kingpins, underscore diplomatic concerns about Mexican sovereignty, and blur the line between surveillance and facilitating crime. As it launders drug money, the agency often allows cartels to continue their operations over months or even years before making seizures or arrests.

Agency officials declined to publicly discuss details of their work, citing concerns about compromising their investigations. But Michael...

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Those are precisely the kinds of concerns members of Congress have raised about a gun-smuggling operation known as Fast and Furious, in which agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed people suspected of being low-level smugglers to buy and transport guns across the border in the hope that they would lead to higher-level operatives working for Mexican cartels. After the agency lost track of hundreds of weapons, some later turned up in Mexico; two were found on the United States side of the border where an American Border Patrol agent had been shot to death...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Mexico; Politics/Elections
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Hundreds of weapons? How about thousands?
1 posted on 12/03/2011 7:52:30 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

I think we should start referring to the federal bureaucracy as the government/criminal-complex.


2 posted on 12/03/2011 7:55:30 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: neverdem

In other news, all of this would be highly illegal if anyone other than our masters did it. Then again, laws are for little people and not our federal Lords.


3 posted on 12/03/2011 7:55:47 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I agree. Their little sideline operation.


4 posted on 12/03/2011 7:56:41 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: neverdem

And the money, of course is tracked right to the cartel kingpins.

Right?


5 posted on 12/03/2011 7:58:19 PM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, than he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; ...

Even the nyt....
Ping.


6 posted on 12/03/2011 8:20:37 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: coloradan

Maybe it’s time for a ‘citizen’ police force.


7 posted on 12/03/2011 8:24:29 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: neverdem

Send them guns, launder their profits....

pretty soon its hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys


8 posted on 12/03/2011 8:27:39 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: neverdem
I have long maintained that the ONLY plausible reason the border remains unsecured, even though we've known there was an 'illegal alien problem' since the Eisenhower administration, is that someones in high places are making a lot of money off of the drug traffic.
9 posted on 12/03/2011 8:32:27 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: MestaMachine

This is so far beyond treason that it can only be described as an ongoing insurrection.


10 posted on 12/03/2011 8:50:27 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: neverdem

who came up with these asinine ideas. i know, the donkey party.


11 posted on 12/03/2011 8:53:08 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: little jeremiah

I could just barely believe that idiocy is responsible for this, but an ulterior motive to sabotage non criminal Americans is not out of the question.


12 posted on 12/03/2011 8:55:11 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It really is looking like a sort of shadow rebellion, a hollowing out from within. By gov/organized crime/communists/socialists/anarchists and what else, who knows.


13 posted on 12/03/2011 8:57:37 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: little jeremiah

Money rules. The ends justify the means. All you need to do is look at the choices left to us in this presidential election to know that we have reached the point of no return. Business as usual will continue.


14 posted on 12/03/2011 9:09:36 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: neverdem
while the D.E.A. conducted such operations in other countries, it began doing so in Mexico only in the past few years.

Now THAT is rich! Oh SURE it was recent..!

The ONLY time when this crew appears to volunteer info is when they're trying to perform damage control. If they say it's hundreds of machine-guns, it's thousands (which we KNOW), and if they say the drug money funny biz has been going on for a few years, it means for DECADES.

I even heard that we almost had a total banking melt down YEARS AGO if not for massive drug profit laundering.

The new "cool" way to govern is to run around in black ninjya kook gear, wave guns around, and door really shady stuff like handle drug money.

We will NEVER Americanize Mexico, instead we'll see the Mexicanization of the USA.

15 posted on 12/03/2011 9:33:09 PM PST by gaijin
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I already call D.C. the District of Criminals.


16 posted on 12/03/2011 9:55:14 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: GeronL

Send them guns, launder their profits....

pretty soon its hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys

Have a former friend that has a son in prison for murder and running drugs, when I asked him if he knew what his kid was doing after he got arested, he said it was just bussiness and normal, needless to say, we no longer talk to mush


17 posted on 12/03/2011 10:21:18 PM PST by munin (Live free or on the news earlier todayatementched the st die. Put Paul in the hall)
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To: neverdem

I’m not surprised... there’s enough cash there to help many agents live the life of the 1%. And with no way to keep track of it, an interesting question as to how much gets stashed away in offshore bank accounts.


18 posted on 12/03/2011 10:45:49 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
and we wonder where bamey gets his money....

if we have basically Mafioso running the country, aren't there up and comers who will want in on the action, and will form their own "families" to do it?

yin/yang....p's/q's....karma....whatever you want to call it....

for every action there is a reaction...

Vince Foster died for a reason....

19 posted on 12/03/2011 10:57:29 PM PST by cherry
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To: neverdem

bookmark thread for later viewing


20 posted on 12/04/2011 12:31:34 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Or call it the Mafia.


21 posted on 12/04/2011 1:51:50 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: neverdem
What's Money Laundering when you're gun running?

Note under the federal Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 (BSA), 31 U.S.C.A. §§ 5311 et seq., financial institutions are required to report deposits of more than $10,000 in cash made by an individual in a single day.

Wonder if there are any bank records?

22 posted on 12/04/2011 2:03:52 AM PST by Lockbox (`)
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To: GeronL
Send them guns, launder their profits....

What's next, wash and waxing their cars?

23 posted on 12/04/2011 2:05:30 AM PST by Lockbox (`)
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To: neverdem
So drug war supporters... how's that drug war working out?
24 posted on 12/04/2011 2:57:51 AM PST by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: neverdem

They are using drug money to finance missions again...they get caught and say oh yea we were tracing the guns and money..BS, they already know who the dealers are its our government, legalize pot..and stop the oppression from our government,,there is nothing Christian about putting folks in jail for pot..nothing moral about ruining folks lives over a plant God gave us..


25 posted on 12/04/2011 4:22:20 AM PST by aces
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To: MestaMachine

Yep, our government sells out the people, imprisons them, we are indeed Babylon the whore at this point, sell our air, POS POTUS is gathering his army...


26 posted on 12/04/2011 4:25:22 AM PST by aces
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Thanks neverdem.


27 posted on 12/04/2011 6:17:41 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: aces

I wonder if this was leaked to the NYTimes and the blame will be on the previous president? Can’t imagine the NYT would do something like this and let the present administration take the responsibility.


28 posted on 12/04/2011 6:30:40 AM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Smokin' Joe
I have long maintained that the ONLY plausible reason the border remains unsecured, even though we've known there was an 'illegal alien problem' since the Eisenhower administration, is that someones in high places are making a lot of money off of the drug traffic.

You've been way ahead of me. It just occurred to me that it's silly to credit ideological motivations for Fast and Furious when billions of Bernanks are involved. I do believe that Pablo Obama and Jose Holder are bought and paid for.

29 posted on 12/04/2011 6:34:49 AM PST by Stentor ("All cults of personality start out as high drama and end up as low comedy.")
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To: munin

“we no longer talk to mush”

Well,,,, I still talk to grits.


30 posted on 12/04/2011 7:09:44 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: little jeremiah

The Obama admn is a crime spree.


31 posted on 12/04/2011 11:08:04 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: little jeremiah

The Obama admn is a crime spree.


32 posted on 12/04/2011 11:08:11 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: little jeremiah

The Obama admn is a crime spree.


33 posted on 12/04/2011 11:08:13 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: little jeremiah

The Obama admn is a crime spree.


34 posted on 12/04/2011 11:08:23 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Stentor
Keep in mind that when they can shield criminal activity behind a screen of idealogical BS, the argument over the idealogical motivation will create enough smoke and mirrors that the criminal nature of the acts will seldom be discussed.

Rather than let the banks fail, we pumped trillions of future taxpayer dollars into the Looting of America, all to save the "dollar" (Actually, the Federal Reserve Note).

In reality, all 'we' did was underwrite the NINJA loans which swelled the housing market and inflated prices enough that the same people who took out NINJA loans in formerly redlined neighborhoods could double-dip with a 'Home Equity Loan/line of credit' using the now inflated value of their little patch of the American Dream to cash in. Then walk away, with a bundle (of our money, ultimately).

How many billions went out the door that way, before we were all put on the hook for the debt? How well organized was the effort? Was there an ACORN in every yard, waiting to grow?

Where, ultimately, did the money go?

We have pumped billions through shell companies doomed to economic failure in the quest for "green" energy. I am sure someone is getting plenty of energy from all that 'green'.

The argument centered on AGW, on CO2, on solar versus ethanol versus other biofuels versus wind, but in the end, it was the looting which should have been the topic all along.

How do you know when a 'green' energy company is going to fold? When the grant/"government" (read: "taxpayer") guaranteed loan money runs out. How much got skimmed/padded out of those often huge sums? Will we ever know?

Will the investigation of those ripoffs ever happen?

Not with the current administration or opposition 'frontrunners', and if they did, who would report on it, who will prosecute?

So is it any surprise that all the poo being flung over La Raza, "racism", poor little second generation anchor babies, and in-state tuition masks the key criminal act: the abdication of the responsibility of the Federal Government to provide for the common defense by closing the border, not to mention the Federal interference with the Governments of any State which attempts to take up the slack by enforcing the border of their State with a foreign country.

Areas of the United States have been effectively ceded to the Drug Cartels and Coyotes and are marked to tell Americans that that part of their country is too dangerous for Americans because we have been invaded there.

Is putting up a sign providing for the common defense? If so, let's send a few sign crews to Iraq and Afghanistan and the rest of the world we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars to really defend, and bring our troops home. If the signs get blown up, we can send them a new one, international priority mail, the USPS could use the business.

35 posted on 12/04/2011 11:10:47 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: GlockThe Vote

A crime spree/coup/in the shadows insurrection/treason machine.


36 posted on 12/04/2011 11:21:20 AM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: aces

God gave us poisonous mushrooms, too.

BTW my solution for ending the WOD is very simple.

1. Allow people to grow their own pot and opium poppies for personal use only.

2. NO selling or “giving away”. Do it yourself only.

3. Public caning for selling, second offense double caning, third offense, execution.

4. All dope dealers get executed.

5. No legalization of other hard drugs.

So, problem solved very simply, and anyone who wants to get wasted on their own efforts can do so. The harsh penalties for selling plus the ease of growing it oneself will take all the money out of it in no time.


37 posted on 12/04/2011 11:26:20 AM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: little jeremiah
That's infinitely better than the current prohibition policy, but why not simply follow the Constitution?

Let each state determine its own drug policy. That would be in keeping with the original Commerce Clause and Tenth Amendment.

38 posted on 12/04/2011 11:41:22 AM PST by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Ken H

I agree. This is my plan for state law. There should be no fedlaw involved. Not their business. But they should close the freaking borders and kick every single illegal out, and execute all the illegal drug dealers, murderers, rapists, and kidanppers. Oh, and child molesters.


39 posted on 12/04/2011 12:05:20 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: MestaMachine

www.mainetv.net/drugs.htm


40 posted on 12/04/2011 5:49:42 PM PST by JakeS (This would be a good time to read John chapter three 1-21)
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To: little jeremiah

yep, but no one wants to eat poisonous mushrooms, I agree with you, I was in the music business in my youth and saw a lot of folks die using cocaine and heroin, I never touched the stuff, smoked weed 30 years ago..no reason to persecute folks for it..the rest is another story..money should be spent to rehab and educate if offenders are not violent..otherwise..life...


41 posted on 12/04/2011 5:51:17 PM PST by aces
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To: aces

I don’t want the gov paying for any rehab, it should be privately done. I think my method is better actually and of course quite cheap!


42 posted on 12/04/2011 6:19:19 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: aces

Notice the word “toxic” as in “toxic” mushrooms.

And in”toxic”ating drugs.


43 posted on 12/04/2011 6:21:18 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: aces

oops - hit post too fast.

A lot of poisonous mushrooms cause a “high” first.


44 posted on 12/04/2011 6:21:53 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: neverdem

When do we begin referring to them as the Federal Cartel?

Or do we have the competing DEA Cartel, the FBI Cartel, the ICE Cartel, the ATF Cartel, the DHS Cartel, The EPA Cartel, the FDA Cartel, the NLRB Cartel, the DOE Cartel, etc, all competing against one another for turf, power and booty?


45 posted on 12/04/2011 7:36:22 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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Anybody know if any of this is true ?? Without proof, I ain’t buyin’ it.


46 posted on 12/04/2011 8:02:49 PM PST by AirForceVet1988 ("As the pattern gets more intricate and subtle, being swept along is no longer enough.")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

we no longer talk to mush”

Well,,,, I still talk to grits.

LOL, I saw the spelling mistake right after posting, was going to corect, but wth, let it go and laugh with the rest


47 posted on 12/04/2011 9:15:34 PM PST by munin (Live free or on the news earlier todayatementched the st die. Put Paul in the hall)
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