This seems like another duh…..
“Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group can challenge them in the near term,” says the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment released on Wednesday by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“These Mexican poly-drug organizations traffic heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana throughout the United States, using established transportation routes and distribution networks,” the report says.
The Mexican TCOs serve primarily as wholesale suppliers, and they work with thousands of local, U.S.-based gangs to distribute the drugs at the retail level.
And these Mexican criminal enterprises may be coming to a neighborhood near you:
“Law enforcement reporting indicates some Mexican trafficking organizations within the United States are relocating from major metropolitan areas to establish bases of operation in suburban or rural areas,” the DEA said.
“Traffickers are relocating because they feel they can better conceal their operations in an area where law enforcement does not expect to find large trafficking organizations operating or are not accustomed to dealing with such organizations.”
The report mentions Dallas, San Francisco, eastern Washington State, western Colorado, and parts of North Carolina as places where Mexican traffickers have relocated
The 2015 threat assessment — based on the most recent 2013 data — says Mexican TCOs depend on “extended family and friends,” including those in the U.S., to build their networks:
“Families affiliated with various Mexican TCOs in Mexico vouch for US-based relatives or friends that are deemed trustworthy enough to help run various aspects of the drug trafficking operations in the United States. Actual members of Mexican TCOs are usually sent to important US hub cities to manage stash houses containing drug shipments and bulk cash drug proceeds.”.