Media Miss Cartels’ War In U.S.

August 17, 2010 07:49

Los Angeles and its suburbs are in grave danger of becoming outposts for Mexican drug- and immigrant-smuggling cartels, according to local law enforcement officials. “We have detected the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas,” Alvin Jackson, head of the Narcotics Division of the L.A. Police Department, said in a recent interview. “They are operating on a middle and street level.”

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“In Mexico, the Gulf and Zeta gangs are among the most violent, known for beheading opponents, setting off car bombs and shooting up border cities from Tijuana to Matamoros. In L.A., they’ve set up “distribution centers” not just in the slums, but also the San Fernando Valley and on the well-heeled Westside near Santa Monica.

Five other Mexican cartels — Sinaloa, Beltran-Levya, La Familia, Arellano Felix and Carillo Fuentes — also operate in L.A. They’re busy recruiting gangs to carry on the same mayhem they’re engaged in south of the border, Jackson said.

Steven Martinez, who heads the FBI in Los Angeles, agreed with Jackson’s observations.”


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