Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Proceso
A report from the Department of
Justice confirms what Proceso revealed last February: the existence and growth
of the US cartels and that they went from being simple employees of, to
partners of Mexican criminal groups. The information locates the alliances that
the criminal organizations of both countries forged and where they operate. As
if that were not enough, the report gives a terrifying scenario about the
consumption of synthetic drugs.
WASHINGTON (Process)–For the
first time in its history, the United States government not only recognizes the
existence of “domestic cartels”, it also identifies the areas that dominate
those criminal organizations that are associated with the Mexican cartels.
A document from the US Department
of Justice, entitled “Strategy Against Domestic Cartels,” describes
one by one the states in which the “gringo cartels” operate, the name
by which these organizations are known in the world of drug trafficking.
The part of the Justice
Department file that was delivered to Proceso shows the evolution of drug
trafficking, distribution and sale in the United States since 1973, when
Washington declared the war on drugs.
Accustomed to pointing towards
Colombian and Mexican criminal organizations as responsible for the trafficking
and consumption of illicit drugs in the United States, government agencies such
as the Federal Anti-Drug Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI), the Agency Central Intelligence (CIA), the Immigration and
Customs Bureau (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) now look at each
other to combat and understand the new reality of gringo drug trafficking.
At more than 150 pages, the
Justice Department’s Strategy confirms that criminal organizations in the
United States –nourished by gangs and motorcycle clubs– have a “partnership”
relationship and no longer a dependency on the Mexican cartels.
The information that a federal
official shared with this weekly establishes with precision the cartography of
US drug trafficking.
“They are domestic gangs
distributed throughout the national territory that now function as independent
organizations of criminal and transnational groups dedicated to the
trafficking, distribution and sale of narcotics,” the document states.
He explains that the gringo
cartels operate under a kind of “free trade” because they can buy
drugs from more than one Mexican criminal organization [unlike years gone by] ;
it also reveals the names of the American motorcycle gangs and clubs that for a
decade operated solely as drug dealers.
According to the information that
the local authorities had, Los Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos, New Mexico
Syndicate, Los Carnales, Latin Kings, Mexican Mafia, Sureños, MS-13, Wet Back
Power, Sinaloa Cowboys, West Texas Tangos, worked for the Pacific Cartel. Los
Negros, Arizona Mexican Mafia and Border Brothers.
For the Gulf Cartel, Los Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos,
Partido Revolucionario Mexicano, Raza Unida and Texas Chicano Brotherhood
The Mexican Mafia, Sureños and
Border Brothers (California section) operated for the organization of the
Arellano Félix brothers.
With Los Zetas were Barrio Azteca, Los Hermanos
Pistoleros Latinos, Mexikanemi, MS-13, Texas Syndicate (US PERSON) and Los
La Familia Michoacana had the
services of the Sureños, MS-13, West Texas Tangos and the Mexican Mafia.
When Vicente Carrillo Fuentes
headed it, the Juárez Cartel operated in the United States with the
distribution of Los Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos, Barrio Azteca, New Mexico
Syndicate and Los Carnales.
Excerpt from the report published
in the 2290 issue of Proceso magazine, already in circulation.