Monday, December 5, 2016

Drug Cartels

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Mexican drug cartels are smuggling foreigners from countries with terrorist links into a small Texas rural town near El Paso and they’re using remote farm roads—rather than interstates—to elude the Border Patrol and other law enforcement barriers, according to Judicial Watch sources on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border.

The foreigners are classified as Special Interest Aliens (SIA) and they are being transported to stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso on a state road – Highway 20. Once in the U.S., the SIAs wait for pick-up in the area’s sand hills just across Highway 20.

Terrorists have entered the U.S. through Mexico for years and in fact, an internal Texas Department of Public Safety report leaked by the media months ago documents that several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations have been apprehended crossing the southern border in recent years.

Now they’re also being smuggled in through border region airfields, according to JW’s civilian, law enforcement and intelligence sources. The renowned Vicente Carrillo Fuentes cartel is using the Horizon Airport (formerly “West Texas Airport”) in El Paso’s lower valley to smuggle SIAs into the U.S. from Mexico, JW’s inside sources say. The facility is convenient because it’s located only 11 miles from El Paso’s central business district yet it’s small enough that security is virtually nonexistent.

Additionally, the region surrounding El Paso has seen a substantial increase in heroin trafficking, JW’s inside sources reveal. Two crime families associated with the Vincente Carrillo Fuentes cartel are smuggling and trafficking in the vicinity of Tornillo, Fabens and Ft. Hancock. JW’s law enforcement sources say the cartels are exploiting Border Patrol and Texas Department of Public Safety policies and directives constraining and limiting traffic stops and interdiction operations.

This alarming information is part of an ongoing Judicial Watch investigation into crime, terrorism and corruption in the southern border region. Last year JW exposed a sophisticated narco-terror ring with roots in El Paso and strong ties to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Earlier this year JW reported that ISIS is operating in a Mexican border town just eight miles from El Paso, the result of Islamic terrorists joining forces with drug cartels and human smugglers knowns as “coyotes.”

JW’s law enforcement sources confirmed that the Mexican smugglers are moving ISIS operatives through the desert and across the porous southern border. Just a few months ago JW reported that a record-breaking,154 pounds of heroin seized in New York entered the United States from Mexico through El Paso. The information came from a federal law enforcement official with first-hand knowledge of the case.

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nuclear-materials

In addition to being unable to control drug cartels, stem gun running, stop or even slow the exodus of its citizens to the north and its’ status as a world class economic basket case, we can now add Mexico’s inability to secure nuclear fuel, radioactive waste and industrial grade X-Ray equipment from the nation’s nuclear industry from theft.

So says the U.S. State Department in a statement confirming an alert issued by Mexico’s National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards last week that thieves stole iridium-192 from Cárdenas, a city in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco. The theft led Mexico’s government to issue several alerts and warnings to citizens about the theft.

Construction and fabrication companies use iridium-192 to perform X-Ray tests that verify the integrity of materials, welds and other industrial processes involved in the building and manufacturing sectors. The radioactive material poses a health hazard and could poison anyone exposed to the substance.

According to a report in the Washington Free Beacon (WFB) on Friday, US officials said:

“Mexican authorities informed us on April 16 that a container with iridium-192 used for portable industrial x-ray analyses was stolen from a truck in Tabasco State…” The United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are now “in contact with Mexican officials about the incident…” and “We stand ready to provide support if requested by the Mexican government.”

Quoting again from WFB:

The materials are reported to be “very hazardous to health,” according to Spanish language reports translated by the CIA’s Open Source Center. The theft prompted the Mexican government to issue several warning alerts throughout at least five Southern municipalities including “Comalcalco, Cunduacan, Huimanguillo and Reforma…”

Mexico’s Civil Protection agency also warned:

“…if the radioactive source is not handled with [the correct] technical safety conditions or without physical safety protections, it could cause permanent injuries to the person manipulating or maintaining contact with it for a brief (minutes to hours) period of time…” The materials could “prove fatal to be near to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period of hours to days…”

Mexican officials speculate that the thieves were motivated by car theft and did not realize that dangerous radioactive materials were stored in the vehicle.

This dovetails badly with menacing reports in recent weeks that the terrorist Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is operating on the ground in Mexico just miles from America’s southern border – reports the State Department dismissed as “unfounded.”

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