A recent report from ICE claims cartels are able to adapt on a daily basis from intelligence they collect on border patrol
A DEA from 2017 claims the majority of drugs that come through the border are concealed in vehicles
Columbia’s drugs normally come by boat or plane to the northeastern areas of the country
Cartels routinely pay off anybody who may compromise a shipment of drugs making it to its destination in the US
President Donald Trump’s border wall back in discussion after he threatened a government shut down on Tuesday if funding for the wall was not received. One of Trump’s major claims is the wall will stop the flow of drugs into America, but a report from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement claim cartels at the southwest border “adapt daily based on their intelligence of U.S. border security and law enforcement.”
This statement brings up the question that is continuously used as an argument against Trump’s border wall, will it even stop the flow of drugs to America? Last year the DEA released a 24-page report stating that drugs entering the southwest border do so concealed in vehicles like tractor-trailers. Drugs coming from Columbia usually are transported by plane or boat to the northeast, meaning a wall would not touch their daily business.
[Transnational criminal organizations (TCOs)] generally route larger drug shipments destined for the Northeast through the Bahamas and/or South Florida by using a variety of maritime conveyance methods, to include speedboats, fishing vessels, sailboats, yachts, and containerized sea cargo. In some cases, Dominican Republic-based traffickers will also transport cocaine into Haiti for subsequent shipment to the United States via the Bahamas and/or South Florida corridor using maritime and air transport.
New Jersey has a serious problem with heroin. According to the DEA report, the majority of New Jersey’s heroin comes by “Colombian and Dominican groups via human couriers on commercial flights to the Newark International Airport.” These couriers will even carry suitcases filled with drugs with the aid of airline employees. This illustrates an even bigger issue when it comes to cartels smuggling drugs into America. These cartels have an almost unlimited amount of money.
No matter how much security an airline or border checkpoint may have, chances are an employee that can sneak people through security has a price. On Monday, VICE posted a video on methamphetamine being smuggled into America from Mexico. In the video, one of the people being interviewed claims they will often buy off border security employees as needed to ensure their drugs get through.
In November of last year, a Texas court heard witness after witness testify that the Los Zetas cartel pumped cash into Mexican electoral campaigns, individual politicians and policeman in the border town of Coahuila for them to ignore hundreds of people being massacred or forcibly disappeared. The testimonies were gathered by the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law and Fray Juan de Larios Diocesan Human Rights Centre in Coahuila. The accounts were some of the most thorough of how these cartels get embedded within Mexico’s institutions of Democracy.
In September the entire police force of Acapulco was disarmed as investigators looked into claims of extremely close ties between the department and cartels in the region. The chief of Acapulco’s highway police was disarmed after he was caught with unlicensed weapons. The state government said the decision stemmed from the growing “suspicion that the force had been infiltrated by criminal groups.” The embassy confirmed the claim and released a travel advisory for Guerrero state due to active armed groups in the area.
It is not just officials south of the border that can be paid off by these cartels. Last year in Texas, 43-year-old Geovani Hernandez was arrested in an undercover operation called Operation Blue Shame. Hernandez — a Sargent for the Progresso Police Department at the time — made a deal to protect undercover agents posing as drug traffickers. Hernandez told officers he had a friend who was a “plaza boss” in the Gulf Cartel in Mexico.
Officers got tipped off about Hernandez in August 2016 after an informant said he was working with a drug trafficking organization. Hernandez claimed he needed the money to run “his campaign for Hidalgo County constable.” In a 2012 campaign for Sheriff of Hidalgo County, Hernandez claimed he would battle drug smugglers in his campaign.
We need to protect our families. What happens here affects the rest of the United States of America. I have worked terrorism, I have worked borders before. I do not protect drug dealers.
Hernandez lost the 2012 campaign and ran again in 2014 as a write-in candidate but lost that race as well.
Those who accept these bribes from the cartels are not exactly at fault. These cartels have operated for so long that often times they do not offer money. They offer a choice. You can work with the cartels and be paid, or you and your family will be brutally murdered. These cartels have proven to be extremely resourceful when it comes to gathering information on people in preparation of bribes or extortion. So one can’t help but wonder, how is a wall going to stop border patrol agents from being paid off by the cartels?