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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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