Opioid abuse is big in the news, but Hoosiers are facing a major threat from Mexican drug cartels. While many will downplay the threat from Mexican drug cartels, a new detailed assessment has been released by the Drug Enforcement Agency showing just how deep Mexican drug cartels are in the United States and Indiana. Back in June, Hoosier Econ reported of aggressive law enforcement combating heroin coming out of Chicago and into Northwest Indiana. Effectively Indiana law enforcement was battling Mexican drug cartel movement. The DEA report in which I read is 182 pages long. Below are some snippets, but I urge readers to take a look at it here and save it for future reference. It backs up what was reported in June here at this site.
While the current opioid crisis has deservedly garnered significant attention, the methamphetamine threat has remained prevalent; the cocaine threat appears to be rebounding; new psychoactive substances (NPS) continue to be a challenge; and the focus of marijuana enforcement efforts continues to evolve. Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs): Mexican TCOs remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group is currently positioned to challenge them. These TCOs maintain territorial influence over large regions in Mexico used for the cultivation, production, importation, and transportation of illicit drugs. In northwest Indiana, Mexican TCOs control the transportation and bulk sale of cocaine that is transported from Chicago, Illinois or directly from the SWB to the Merrillville area in tractor trailers and cars equipped with concealment compartments known as “traps.” Drug proceeds in bulk cash form are returned to Mexico in the same manner.
The drug cartel gang which has hunkered down in the state of Indiana are the Sinaloa’s. Here’s the map and their bio:
The Sinaloa Cartel is one of the oldest and more established drug trafficking organizations in Mexico. Though its birthplace and stronghold is the Mexican State of Sinaloa, the Sinaloa Cartel controls drug trafficking activity in various regions in Mexico, particularly along the Pacific Coast. Additionally, it maintains the most expansive international footprint compared to other Mexican TCOs. The Sinaloa Cartel exports and distributes wholesale amounts of methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin in the United States by maintaining distribution hubs in cities that include Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, and Chicago. Illicit drugs distributed by the Sinaloa Cartel are primarily smuggled into the United States through crossing points located along Mexico’s border with California, Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas. Sinaloa Cartel leaders operating under the wing of Joaquin Guzman-Loera, Ismael ZambadaGarcia, and Rafael Caro-Quintero maintain cell heads in Phoenix, Arizona to oversee the distribution of illegal drugs in the region.1 Cell heads also coordinate the transportation of illegal drugs from Phoenix to various U.S. cities where cell heads are responsible for receiving and distributing the shipments in each city.