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Friday, July 22, 2011

Good Job: DEA and FBI Bust Cartel Ring in Austin

This is a frightening story, reported in today's Austin American Statesman.

Authorities arrested 25 suspected members of the violent Mexican drug cartel La Familia in Central Texas on Wednesday, officials said, capping a 20-month series of investigations across the country. In the second nationwide attack on La Familia, dubbed Project Delirium, 1,985 people were arrested, and officials seized $62 million in cash, 2,773 pounds of methamphetamine, 2,722 kilograms of cocaine , 1,005 pounds of heroin, 14,818 pounds of marijuana and $3.8 million in other assets over 20 months, the DEA said. Wednesday's operation in Central Texas targeted 11 homes and involved hundreds of officers from 21 local, state and federal agencies. They seized about $150,000, several pounds of methamphetamine and several pounds of cocaine, Thrash said.

La Familia started - along with the Zetas - the terror tactic of rolling severed heads into bars and dance clubs.

Also of note, the San Antonio Express News reports:
Mexican authorities Thursday handed over to U.S. marshals in Laredo an American accused of being a Zeta hit man who took part in a brazen 2005 killing in that city.
Wenceslao Tovar Jr., a 26-year-old from Laredo, is charged with murder and aggravated kidnapping in the June 8, 2005 killing of Bruno Alberto Juarez Orozco, a warehouse security guard. He also faces federal racketeering charges.
A group of hit men using a fake police light pulled over Juarez Orozco at about 2 p.m. in front of an industrial park on Laredo's northwest side, according to court documents. One of the killers tried to handcuff him, and when he struggled, another shot him with an AR-15 rifle, according to the documents.
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Hit-mansuspecthanded-to-U-S-1527913.php#ixzz1SpotTsUo

I admire the law enforcement agents who put their lives on the line to fight the cartels.Mexico is as dangerous for Americans as Afghanistan or Somalia, and it takes a lot of courage for an American agent to go there.

.Congratulations to the DEA, FBI and all other LE agencies in busting up this ring.

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