Archived posts from category ‘Drug War’

Danger Room: Frack the Border: Cartels Using Oil Boom to Move Drugs

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Ignore its proximity to the border, and the Texas fracking boom is like many others around America. Trucks hauling construction supplies barrel down country highways. Boom towns, sprawling networks of new private roads and hundreds of drilling sites have popped up. But the boom for Texas tea — oil and gas, that is [...]

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Danger Room: Mexican Cartel Declares War on Cheetos

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN This post was first published on Tuesday. Sorry for the delay. Mexican drug cartels are not strictly drug cartels. One of their fastest growing markets is extortion of private citizens and businesses. Don’t pay, and you can be threatened — or worse. But largely, the cartels target small businesses and individuals, and stay away [...]

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Danger Room: Majority of Mexicans Want More U.S. Help in Drug War

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN This summer, Mexicans will go to the polls to choose their country’s next commander-in-chief. But the new president will also have to deal with ominous developments in the drug war and the fact that few Mexicans believe the government’s strategy is working. He or she will also have to negotiate with the [...]

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Danger Room: DEA: Wannabe Cartel Hit Squad Included Former U.S. Soldiers

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN A DEA sting operation targeting a cell of would-be cartel assassins ended in a violent warehouse showdown over the weekend. Among their ranks: one active-duty Army soldier, and one former G.I. According to a criminal complaint released yesterday in federal court (.pdf), the showdown occured around 12:30 p.m. Saturday as armed federal agents closed [...]

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Danger Room: Killing Drug Cartel Bosses Isn’t Working, Says Top U.S. General

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Mexico’s “decapitation” strategy of capturing or killing high-value drug cartel leaders with the help of U.S. advisers has a certain merit to it. After all, cartel bosses are seriously bad dudes who corrupt, bribe, kidnap and kill their way to power across swathes of territory across our border. The problem, according to [...]

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Danger Room: Texas’s New Weapon Against Cartels: Armored Gunboats

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Don’t accuse Texas of being gun-shy. This morning, the Lone Star State commissioned the second out of six armored gunboats now being sent to the Rio Grande to fight Mexico’s drug traffickers. According to press reports, the Texas Department of Public Safety — state police who also oversee the Texas Rangers — [...]

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Danger Room: Big Sis Can’t Quit the Drug War

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Three years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the war on drugs “had not worked” — and admitted that the American appetite for narcotics “fuels the drug trade.” But now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would like to take that all back. It’s full steam ahead for the drug [...]

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Danger Room: Mexican Mayhem Fuels U.S. ‘Bodyguard’ Boom

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN On the surface, the drug war across the border boils down to a conflict between Mexico’s military and rival groups of cartels. This is true, but it leaves out Mexico’s other conflict — one fought against civilians through kidnapping, extortion and assassination. Little wonder that those who can afford it are now [...]

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Danger Room: He Double-Crossed the Zeta Cartel… And Somehow Lived to Tell About It

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Two years ago, Antonio Pena Arguelles was handling millions in drug money and working as the intermediary between the violent Zetas cartel and senior Mexican politicians. On Tuesday, U.S. authorities seized him at his suburban San Antonio home, where Pena was allegedly hiding from his former employers. What brought him there, however, [...]

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Word Bubble 2/8/12

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN For three consecutive years, since 2008, the city has recorded the highest murder rate in the world, rising to the level of 271.89 per 100,000 inhabitants during 2010. The decrease during 2011 has led to a “triumphalist” discourse on the part of the authorities and business leaders who are proclaiming a substantial reduction in violence [...]

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Danger Room: Cartel Assassin, Accused of Slaying 75, is Captured

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In a cartel known for its bloodlust, he might be the biggest killer of all. Enrique Aurelio Elizondo Flores, variously called “El Arabe” (“The Arab”) or “The Raven,” has confessed to heading a cell of assassins responsible for the deaths of at least 75 people, according to the state investigative agency of Nuevo Leon [...]

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Danger Room: Report Unloads on ATF for Mexican ‘Gunwalking’

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Days before Attorney General Eric Holder is once again hauled before Congress to testify for Operation Fast and Furious, a new report sheds light on whether high-ranking officials knew, or have been honest about, one of the biggest failures in Justice Department history: a disastrous plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco [...]

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