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Drug Cartels An Inherent Danger in Atlanta

Homeland Security Warns of Mexican Hit Squads in Arizona

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More signs of the Mexican drug cartels reaching into the U.S.:

The Washington Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security is warning Arizona authorities that Mexican drug gangs have sent assassins or “sicarios” into the state to kill bandits who are ambushing and stealing loads of cocaine, marijuana and heroin,

A Homeland Security memo, which  first circulated in May, said a group of “15, very well-equipped and armed” assassins complete with body armor had been sent into the state to carry out the executions.

To read more click here.

Oops! President Obama Offends DEA Agents in Drug War Comments

obamaBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama insulted — albeit inadvertently — the folks at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration today by mentioning the FBI instead of their agency in remarks about the war on drugs.

At a town hall meeting in Washington aired on MTV, the president told a group of young people that his administration is serious about “federal drug enforcement.”

But, he added, “we have to figure out who is it we’re going after because we’ve got limited resources. So decisions that are made by the Justice Department or FBI about prosecuting drug kingpins versus somebody with some small amount, those decisions are made based on how can we best enforce the laws that are on the books.”

Some DEA agents were insulted, saying the DEA is the lead agency on the war on drugs, not the FBI.

“That just goes to show his lack of knowledge,” said one DEA agent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Again, it shows me his inadequate knowledge of drug law enforcement. He has no clue.”

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Atlanta Cop Pleads Guilty in FBI Sting

atlanta policeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Atlanta cop Lucius T. Solomon got tripped up in an FBI sting and will likely head off to prison.

The 31-year-old, now a former cop, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta to corruption and drug charges. He could get up to life in prison at sentencing, which is set for Nov. 9.

According to authorities, Solomon on three occasions in 2009 and 2010 provided protection for what he believed to be multi-kilogram cocaine deals, but in reality it was all part of an FBI sting that has been carried out in other cities around the nation over the years.

On two occasions, Solomon was on duty, in uniform and in his marked police car when he provided the protection, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. In each deal, he agreed to provide protection for $2,000.

“Instead of protecting and serving the people of this community from the scourge of the illegal drug trade, this former police officer took money to protect the very drug dealers he had sworn to pursue and arrest,” Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “There is no greater breach of a police officer’s oath than to actively participate in criminal conduct that so powerfully harms the community.”

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U.S.-Mexico Only Nabbing a Fraction of Drug $$$ Being Smuggled South into Mexico

US Mexican borderBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Despite their efforts, U.S. and Mexican authorities are seizing no more than one percent of the billions of dollars in drug proceeds being smuggled south into Mexico, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.

The cash is being smuggled in spare tires, engine transmissions and truckloads of baby diapers, the Post reported. In other words, any way you can imagine.

In all, the drug traffickers and the Colombian suppliers smuggle $20 billion to $25 billion a year in U.S. bbank notes across the border, the Post reported.

“If we fail to curtail these money flows, the confrontation with organized crime will generate more violence and more corruption,” Carlos Pascual, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, said at a border conference in El Paso this month, according to the Post.

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DEA Seeking Experts in Ebonics for Narcotics Cases

dea_color_logoBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

If you speak Ebonics, the federal government may have a job for you.

The Drug Enforcement Administration wants to hire people fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, transcribe and translate secretly recorded conversations in narcotics investigations, according to the website The Smoking Gun and DEA documents.

The Smoking Gun reports that up to nine Ebonics experts will work with the DEA Atlanta Division after obtaining “DEA Sensitive” security clearance.

Ebonics, or “Black English,” generally is defined as a nonstandard form of English spoken by African-Americans.

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Washington Post Editorial: Mexico Drug War Going Badly and U.S. Looking Other Way

mexico-border-signThe Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — Give Mexican President Felipe Calderon credit for honesty as well as courage. Last week he presided over a three-day public conference to assess the results of nearly four years of war against Mexico’s drug cartels. Most of the facts were grim:

— According to the chief of the national intelligence service, 28,000 people have died violently since Mr. Calder?n deployed the Mexican army against the drug gangs in December 2006. That number represents an increase of 3,000 over the death toll the government reported earlier this summer.

— There have been 963 incidents involving federal forces and the gangs since the offensive began — or just about one per day.

— Mexican authorities have seized more than 84,000 weapons, including thousands of high-powered assault rifles, grenades and other military-caliber equipment. More than 80 percent of the guns whose provenance could be traced came from the United States.

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Scary Development: Mexican Cartels Gagging the Media

gagged journalistBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The murderous ways of the Mexican drug cartels may seem very scary, but so is another phenomena: The cartels are apparently shutting up the media.

The Washington Post reports journalists, fearing for their lives, “are adhering to a near-complete news blackout, under strict orders of drug smuggling organizations and their enforcers, who dictate — via daily telephone calls, e-mails and news releases — what can and cannot be printed or aired.

“We are under their complete control,” a veteran reporter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Post.

Very scary.

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