Government Gangsters: DEA Mines Americans Travel Records To Take “Illegal Moneys”

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DEA regularly mines Americans’ travel records to seize millions in cash

A nasty little story, especially when you consider a large portion of these cases NEVER see a court room and a large percentage of the cash seized is based purely on an unlucky individual having a “questionable itinerary?” HUH?

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Cartel Corner History: The Man Who Tried To Run Forever

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Twenty-four years ago today, Pablo Escobar walked out of prison, setting off a massive 18-month manhunt. In season two of Narcos, the hunt is on. Watch the new trailer, and don’t miss new episodes of Narcos, streaming on Netflix September 2.

It was humiliating. He practically walked out of jail and disappeared into thin air. Colombia’s most wanted criminal was nowhere to be found. So on a Friday in the summer of 1992 — 24 years ago today — then president César Gaviria had no choice but to lower his head to the microphone and admit that the country’s most wanted criminal had slipped right through the fingers of a special forces raid. According to one theory, the escape artist dressed up in a stolen military uniform, pulled a gas mask over his head and melted into the crowd of soldiers as they lit up La Catedral, his prison-mansion compound on the outskirts of Medellín.

Netflix viewers will find it hard to forget the original narco, the ultraviolent, extravagant bad guy who set the standard — Pablo Escobar, played by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura inNarcos. Before he was gunned down atop the Spanish-tiled rooftops of a Medellín neighborhood in 1993, Escobar had tightened his ruthless grip on drug trafficking across the Americas. At the same time, he cultivated a reputation as a Robin Hood who tossed goodies to the poor even as he built a grandiose palace for himself on 5,500 acres, complete with a private zoo and an orchard. Al Pacino’s character in the 1983 coke-and-violence-fueled Scarface was reportedly based in part on Escobar’s bloody tale.

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Cartel Corner #80: Infiltrating the Dope Game

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Anti-drug agents are usually extremely cautious about spilling the beans on their secret world, which lies somewhere between espionage, police work and battlefield.

But here’s a rare inside look, offered by a veteran of the drug war. Mike Vigil, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s former chief of international operations, served more than three decades in the agency, including 18 years abroad, and more time than any other DEA agent in Mexico.

Now an independent consultant who still advises Mexican security forces, Vigil has detailed his work in a new memoir called “Deal.”

Vigil’s known as the agent who best infiltrated Mexico’s and Colombia’s violent cartels. And he lives to tell the tales.

He has many thrilling ones: pretending to be a trafficker and setting up cocaine deals; working to take down corrupt soldiers and police; watching a drug lord offer him $3 million for his freedom, and smiling as he turned it down.

But, no doubt, the DEA is a controversial operator. The US government has spent billions to break up narco networks in Latin America and elsewhere, only to see millions of Americans still abusing drugs. Some of the agency’s tactics, at times backed by elite military operatives, have also come under criticism.

And times have changed since Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs” in 1971. US citizens in many states are even voting to legalize pot. On this issue, Vigil is a defender of the DEA’s official, prohibitionist line about marijuana being a highly addictive gateway drug — claims that are increasingly disputed.

Still, whatever the debate, agents like Vigil have some of the sharpest inside knowledge of drug cartels wreaking havoc on the Americas.

In a recent interview, GlobalPost asked Vigil to dish on some crime family secrets and to explain why he still backs the drug war. Excerpts follow.

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Cartel Corner #31: Sinaloa Cartel Showing Signs of Splintering?

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The capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur is named La Paz, or Peace, and it’s garnered a reputation over the years for its tranquility, whale watching, and sunset dining in restaurants along the coastal boardwalk. For a long time it seemed like La Paz was immune to the drug violence that has plagued the nearby states of Sinaloa and Sonora — across the Gulf of California — or further north in the border city of Tijuana.

Not any more.

“La Paz is no longer La Paz, it lost its name after these events,” said Gerardo Zúñiga Pacheco, the La Paz correspondent for the Tijuana-based weekly magazine Zeta, renowned for it’s coverage of the drug war.

Zuñiga was referring to a 14 month period during which there were at least 183 murders in La Paz, culminating with 23 dead in August 2015, and 29 more in September. The city of around 200,000 people was used to a maximum of about one or two murders a month.

The problem, it appeared, lay in who controlled the transit of illegal drugs through the city which had long been in the hands of the Sinaloa cartel but had become a matter of competition following the capture of the group’s leader — Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — in February 2014. It got even worse after he escaped in July this year.

Read the Remainder at Vice News 

Border Security Report: Cartels Connected to FARC Columbian Guerilla’s

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The American anti drug agency informed that the Colombian Guerrillas that have allied with Mexican Cartels in order to introduce tonnes of cocaine into the United States.

The revolutionary armed forces of Colombia (FARC) and criminal groups like the Sinaloa Cartel or the CJNG have allied in order to introduce cocaine into the United States, according to information published today by the American Anti drug agency the DEA.

“The investigations showed a working relationship between different fronts of FARC and the criminal Mexican organizations, including Los Zetas, the Beltran Leyva Organization, the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion and the Sinaloa Cartel with the intention of transporting cocaine to the United States, stated the press release.
According to the DEA, the Mexicans have become the power in the USA drugs market because they have learnt how to produce heroin and they are not dependent on the Colombians to produce, a group that traditionally trusted the Mexicans and Dominicans for the sale of that substance inside the United States.

“There has been a change and now the Mexicans are producing Heroin, and before they were just transporting it for the Colombians. They responded to changes in the market, and became the beneficiaries”, added the Chief of the DEA, Chuck Rosenberg in a meeting with a group of journalists.

Read the Remainder at Borderland Beat