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Showing once again that the terrorists are adaptive (whether of the jihadist or the narco variety), another problem has arisen on the border. According to a report released by DHS in March, drug cartels are using look-alike border patrol vehicles to get passed U.S. Border Patrol agents to smuggle drugs into the United States.
The report, sent by DHS to law enforcement in Webb County, Texas, alerted them to the existence of "a suspected cloned marked Crown Victoria" the same vehicle type used by the agents. This represents a danger to Border Patrol, law enforcement and citizens, especially as threats of violence and assassination increase.
U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-2nd CD Texas) sees this as another example of how porous our border with Mexico truly is, and calls it America's Third Front. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism, and Homeland Security and Judiciary's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security.
"People who say that the violence on the border won't come into the U.S. live in never-never land," he said. "They don't see what's happening now. We should not wait until something tragic happens before we do something about it."
As discussed in February 2009, America is at war, not a War on Drugs, and not the War on Terrorism. We, as our neighbors to the South of the border, are at war with the drug cartels.
Headline: Grenades that were used in three attacks -- the first two in northern Mexico, the last in Texas -- over the past four months all trace back to the same source, the paramilitary group known as Los Zetas. The attempted bombing in Texas occurred in January in a small town named Pharr, just outside of McAllen and Brownsville, and not all that far from the Mexican border and places like Matamoros and Monterrey. It so happens that another grenade failed to detonate in a January attack in Pharr. Three men, members of two gangs, Tri-City Bombers and the Texas Chicano Brotherhood, were arrested this week and charged with felony drug charges.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico | After a two-year battle that has killed more than 5,000 people, Mexico's most powerful kingpin now controls the coveted trafficking routes through Ciudad Juarez. That conclusion by U.S. intelligence adds to evidence that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa cartel is winning Mexico's drug war.