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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mexican ambassador says cartels' risk to U.S. not just a border issue

The Dallas Morning News - MEXICO CITY – Mexico is facing a strong and growing threat from transnational criminal organizations, leaving the U.S. little choice but to assist its southern neighbor or risk an increasingly grave threat to its own security, U.S. Ambassador Carlos Pascual said Friday.

In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Pascual warned that the security implications for the U.S. go far beyond its cities bordering Mexico.
"The big challenge here isn't just the challenge of the U.S. border cities, but the linkages between hundreds of cities across the United States and Mexican cartels, and that is what we have to interrupt and block," he said.

"So the more we work with Mexico to combat the infiltration of organized crime – drug-trafficking organizations here [in Mexico] – the more it will help us in our efforts in the United States."

Those cities include Dallas, which has emerged as a strategic hub for not just the notorious paramilitary group known as the Zetas, but also for the deadly and fast-expanding cartel known as La Familia, a drug-trafficking organization and methamphetamine supplier based in the central Mexican state of Michoacán.

In October, at least 84 people were arrested in the Dallas area, nearly a third of the 300 arrested nationwide under Operation Coronado, which targeted La Familia operations in the United States. [Read More]

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