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Thứ Năm, 27 tháng 6, 2013

Drug cartels sap our resources - Coos Bay World

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I found it grimly humorous to read the article “Drug cartels’ reach extends to Pacific Northwest,” in The World on June 24.

I’ve been wondering when someone would finally acknowledge the grisly fact in the print media. Without going into personal details, I worked with a team of fellow former military members on the U.S.-Mexico border for a number of months in 2011 and 2012 for private citizens who were threatened by cartel activity on their lands. It was evident in the potential destination of cartel drug shipments, in particular the high-value powder drugs we witnessed. Often the “mules” doing the transport had no idea where the “junk” they carried was heading, as it worked its way north, west and east through a series of networks and complex systems. They were intentionally only a spoke in a large wheel and knew little about the others. But the feedback from federal agents often confirmed the high probability that the Pacific Northwest was a favored delivery point.

I’ll bet our local and regional law enforcement authorities have been acutely aware of this growing problem; it saps their resources, both financially and in human power. Many more of the drugs get to market than get caught and it is the same for the traffickers, because of the massive and deep network they have cultivated. My experience was in the Tucson, Ariz., area but it is a nationwide near epidemic. Like it or not, it has a direct relationship to the southern border and to ignore or deny that is continued naiveté toward the overall problem noted by assistant U.S. Attorney Deits in the article.

Timothy Votaw


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