President Donald Trump has announced plans to designate violent Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). 

The US government and the DEA have totally lost control of the cartels. Mexico last year had 42,000 murders. It’s considered one of the most unsafe countries in the world.

Numerous drug cartels employ terrorist tactics that clearly fit this definition, such as the Reynosa/Los Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel, the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel offshoot of the Sinaloa Cartel.

These groups use terror to intimidate and to advance their agenda. They threaten the stability of governments across the globe. Even the United Nation’s Security Council has recognized the clear link between drug trafficking and terrorism.

These organizations supply the US market with drugs for consumption, as long as the Americans rely on cocaine, heroine and crystal metamphitamine.

Many drug cartels are based in Latin America, regions of which have seen decades of ruthless violence. According to a Congressional Research Service report, since 2006 there have been roughly 150,000 organized crime-related killings in Mexico alone.

Additionally, Mexico’s Citizen’s Council for Public Security lists that 42 of the 50 most violent cities in the world are in US backed regions of Latin America. Many of these cities are more dangerous than war zones. 

Drug cartels have committed heinous acts of terrorism, from carrying out bombings that have killed innocent people, conducting ISIS-style propaganda, assassinating government officials and members of law enforcement, and engaging in torture and indiscriminate murder.

A verified and convicted terrorist who attacked a U.S. Consulate with a grenade and automatic rifle fire has taken over the ruthless Los Zetas cartel, a group headquartered at the Texas border in the Nuevo Laredo metropolitan border area.

Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, sits immediately across the border from Laredo, Texas, and is the only urban location along the entire U.S.-Mexico Border that does not have any fencing or constructed security barrier of any kind.

The convicted terrorist, Hector Raul Luna, is known as “El Tory” and was convicted in the 2008 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico.

He was released from prison due to bribes paid by Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and has now taken over the dominant faction of Los Zetas, Cartel Del Noreste (CDN), to open up the lucrative and unsecured border corridor into Texas.

It remains to be seen what will happen from here but now the ball is in the US  administration’s court on what to do with the cartels.

News Punch / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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