The drug cartels in Mexico manufacturer heroin and cocaine then ship the drugs into the United States. Heroin is now at its lowest price in history and drug shipments are double what they were a few months ago.1 These drugs are sold in the United States. Arizona is the primary drug smuggling path and Phoenix is the drug distribution point in the United States.2 The proceeds of the sale are returned to the source country.
The preceding paragraph describes organized crime. Organized crime can only succeed if it has cooperative political cover.
Why do California and Texas have more fencing, electronic surveillance and boots on the ground than Arizona? More drugs are smuggled through Arizona than in Texas or California. Why has the Obama administration refused to secure the border? Former Senator Jon Kyle stated that President Obama told him that he (the president) would not secure the border for political reasons.3
Simultaneously, the Department of Justice, under Eric Holder, called for revising mandatory minimum sentences for lower level drug offenses. Meanwhile, Eric Holder and company are still fighting a delaying action on the release of all documents of “Fast and Furious” and the murder of Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry. Then Holder’s own Department clears him of any wrongdoing in Fast and Furious. Let me repeat: one of Holder’s subordinates cleared Holder of any wrongdoing. It is obvious Obama and Holder do not take organized crime or Fast and Furious seriously.
On October 17, 2013, CBS reported that “evidence connects one of the grenades to Jean Baptiste Kingery, an alleged firearms trafficker U.S. officials allowed to operate for years without arresting despite significant evidence that he was moving massive amounts of grenade parts and ammunition to Mexico’s ruthless drug cartels . . . The gun battle took place last week in Guadalajara. Authorities say five members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel used at least nine firearms and ten hand grenades against Mexican police. If one of the grenades was supplied with the help of Kingery, as believed, it adds to the toll of lives taken with weapons trafficked by suspects U.S. officials watched but did not stop.” Why didn’t the Obama administration stop this thug?
Drug cartels have expanded their marijuana operations in Northern California. It is now a $14 billion industry. “Bull dozers are being used to clear land for the illegal farms, creeks are being diverted to water the farms, and wildlife that would damage the crops are being poisoned.”,sup>4 The Obama industry can track down Osama bin Laden and kill him. The administration can find obscure al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen and kill them. Yet the Obama administration cannot find a $14 billion marijuana industry in Northern California?
If you find the preceding facts a bit disturbing, read on. In an Examiner report by Dave Gibson, he reported the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) closed on June 15, 2011.5 In 2010, the NDIC reported in its National Drug Threat Assessment report that drugs were being sold on behalf of Mexican drug cartels in more than 2500 cities in the United States.6
In 2011, the NDIC annual report stated that the number of cities in which the illegal Mexican drug cartels were distributing illegal drugs had dropped to only 1000 cities, a drop of 1500 cities or 60%.7 On this so-called achievement, Obama closed the NDIC. Where were the press releases? Why was the Obama administration so quiet? The closing of the NDIC was a great achievement for the Mexican drug cartels. Remember, Organized crime can only succeed if it has cooperative political cover.
The Obama administration claims the border is more secure than ever, however Mexican drug cartel presence and violence is more prevalent than ever before. In April of this year, Associated Press reported that “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.”8 Obama can find and kill an individual al Qaeda terrorist deep in the hills of Yemen but can’t find members of drug cartels infiltrating the United States?
Earlier this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane complained, “We aren’t even scratching the surface on the criminal illegal alien problem in the United States . . . we know that the drug cartels, that the lieutenants and the troops, the soldiers, they’re all within the interior of United States and they’re all conducting business as are many other criminal elements and criminal individuals . . . It’s just another part of this debate that gives us this concern that this is all about politics and not about really fixing the problems that we face within our broken immigration system and providing for what is best for everyone is best for America to include and most importantly, public safety.”<sup9
Organized crime can only succeed if it has cooperative political cover.
1 Zach Taylor, Chairman, National Association of Former Boarder Patrol Officers,
Panel Presentation at SaddleBrooke, Arizona, October 17, 2013.