CHICAGO (AP) -- Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to
live and work deep inside the United States - an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world's most lucrative
narcotics market and maximize profits.
"It's probably the most serious threat the United States has faced from organized crime," said Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement
Administration's Chicago office.
In one of the ubiquitous gun control threads we have had on ATS someone brought up that gun control means only the bad guys will have guns. The
baddest of the bad (Drug Cartels) have been silently moving into our cities and townships establishing their networks and profit centers. Chicago with
it's gun laws is a possible prime example of why they are setting up shop and basically having a free hand at their endeavors. Undercover operations
by LEOs and DEA have a real problem infiltrating these organizations The murder rate of over 500 a year for the last few years speaks volumes about
Chicago and it's organized crime problem IMO. Even Detroit looks like a war zone in many places with the survivors in the inner cities having very few
choices of where their next meal comes from; food stamps and government handouts only go so far if you have a desire for upward mobility as in cars,
bling, and status. Mexico in many places due to the lack of jobs that will furnish the workers with a house and car is another example of providing a
fertile environment for the Cartels to prosper..
The Chicago Crime Commission, a non-government agency that tracks crime trends in the region, said it considers Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even more
menacing than Capone because Guzman leads the deadly Sinaloa cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in Chicago and in many cities across
Gotta smile at that: the Sinaloa Cartel usually leaves the local businesses alone and does not demand protection money from anyone who has a job like
the Zetas seem to think is SOP. America is a big place with big cities so at this stage the Cartels do not seem to be fighting and beheading each
other like has been happening in several countries in central and South America. They have been operating down south for a long time so most of the
prime real estate for the distribution is already claimed by a cartel.
QUOTE: On a warm morning in May a few years ago, Edgar Valdez, a drug lord who goes by the nickname La Barbie, woke up in one of the houses he owned
in the resort city of Acapulco.
In the 1950s, this beautiful beach town was the premier haunt of American celebrities: Frank Sinatra used to prowl the hotel lounges, Elizabeth Taylor
had her third of eight weddings here, and John F. Kennedy honeymooned on the coast with Jacqueline.
The glamour started to fade in the 1980s, but the city remained a popular vacation destination until a few years ago, when the Mexican cartels
transformed Acapulco from a seaside paradise into one of the most violent flash points of the drug war.
Barbie has olive skin, but his nickname comes from his good looks and green eyes. He was known for his happy-go-lucky personality, though he could
turn terrifying and bloodthirsty in an instant.
At 31, he still had the strong, raw body of the linebacker he had been in high school: five feet 10, 210 pounds. Barbie kept a glass case at home
filled with 60 Rolexes and diamond-studded Audemars Piguets, but unlike most narcos, he didn't grow a beard or wear flashy gold jewelry.
He preferred to dress like a sophisticated South American on holiday, favoring polo jerseys with an emblem of a horseman and a stick, the kind that
real Argentine jockeys wear. In fact, the myth of Barbie looms so large in Mexico that his addiction to the shirts started what's known as the Narco
Polo trend, with working-class Mexicans clamoring to buy knockoff versions in street stalls."These shirts like Barbie's have become the fashion,"
Mario López, the governor of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, told reporters in June. "Many young people want to emulate men like him as idols."
But his fashion sensibility wasn't the only thing that distinguished Barbie from other Mexican drug lords: He was also a gringo, a middle-class
suburban jock who was born and raised in Texas.
Most of the drugs went to Memphis and Atlanta, where Barbie is believed to have been the main supplier for several violent networks, including one run
by the half brother of DJ Paul from Three 6 Mafia.
Barbie cleared up to $130 million a year moving drugs in the States, but with typical boldness he made little effort to launder the money. Instead, he
simply loaded the cash onto flatbed trailers and trucked it across the Mexican border.
In the lawless world of the cartels, that kind of money made Barbie a prime target. On this morning in Acapulco, he decided to eliminate the most
immediate threat he faced.
One of the policemen he kept on his payroll had informed him that four hit men from the Zetas – one of the most violent cartels, led by elite,
American-trained soldiers who defected from the Mexican army – had been sent to Acapulco to kill him. So Barbie dispatched some of his own guys to
ambush the hit men.
When one of the assassins stopped in the town plaza to buy a phone card to call his sister, Barbie's men punched him in the gut and hustled him into a
waiting SUV. To their surprise, however, the hit man had brought along his wife and two-year-old stepdaughter, figuring he might as well enjoy a
family vacation while he was waiting to kill Barbie. Caught off guard, Barbie's men hustled them into another SUV, covering their faces with towels so
they couldn't see. END Quote: read more at www.borderlandbeat.com...
I purposely left out rumors, innuendo and cases where some branch of our very own government or bank has been accused of being a supplier,
facilitator, laundry service for the Cartels but one does not have to search to hard to see this stuff permeates all levels of society.
Most people are so busy with family, work, and paying bills that they are unaware/cognizant of the underbelly of the beast that is directly overhead
until it is to late. They just go to bed one night and the next day realize the world they have lived in has changed and they wonder how it got to be
I used to fly to Acapulco and back in the 80s and we had layovers where we stayed in a resort hotel. Sometime in the mid 90s we had one girl flight
attendant killed after a few other things were done to her as she walked upon the beach late at night; if I remember correctly there were two other
flight attendants killed (inspite of the company warnings) during the 90s on separate occasions and thus no more layovers in Acapulco.... Things
happen in this world at a slow measured pace for the most part..Those who think there will be some big internal social trigger to start something
really really big usually end up in their grave before any such event happens.
The Cartels are real..they have money, weapons, and are able to intimidate, buy, or kill, just about anyone who gets in their way. While they keep a
low profile and avoid government entanglements
edit on 1-4-2013 by 727Sky because: edit