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U.S. Border Seizures of Meth, Fentanyl Set to Break Records in 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data provide insight into cartels’ most recent shift in narcotics smuggling and their impacts on American citizens in 2020. The data show an increase in seizures of methamphetamine and fentanyl along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

This Jan. 31, 2019 file photo shows a display of fentanyl and meth that was seized by Customs and Border Protection officers over the weekend at the Nogales Port of Entry at a press conference in Nogales, Ariz. Law enforcement officers in the U.S. Southwest say they have also seen …

Jaeson Jones: Foreign Terrorist Organization Designations for Certain Mexican Cartels Is the Only Option

The U.S. counterterrorism apparatus is striking back against designating some Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) with the help of Republican senators. A congressional proposal sidelines U.S. military assets and still allows cartel kingpins to fly commercial as they seek turf on other continents. The bill is a juiced version of the status quo—not a overdue shift in strategy and tactics.

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Gulf Cartel Becoming More Violent in Texas

Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector say they are becoming more concerned for their safety after several incidents with the Gulf Cartel dating back to August of this year. Several agents recently explained their concerns on the condition of anonymity.

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Some Mexican Cartels’ Terrorist Ideology Is Power Itself

Mexico is dealing with a level of cartel violence that directly threatens its national sovereignty and the domestic tranquility of its neighbors. Cartels are known for using tactics equal to some of the worst terrorist organizations in the world–making them far more advanced than traditional organized crime. A primary identifier of a terrorist organization under U.S. law is a discernible ideology. Some experts do not believe the Mexican organizations of interest meet the criteria like seen elsewhere in the world.

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Designating Mexican Cartels as Foreign Terrorists: What It Means

President Donald J. Trump recently announced the United States is on its way to formally designating some of Mexico’s cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). The move will have a global impact on the day-to-day capabilities of a designee to operate with impunity. If this designation process comes into effect, it is vital the pubic understands what a potential designation means and how it becomes a reality.

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Mexican Cartels Are Winning the Propaganda War

Cartels repeatedly demonstrate their capabilities as effective propagandists against the general public, rivals, and even layers of Mexican or international governing bodies. Their practices try to blur the lines between criminality, terrorism, and even righteous insurgency — raising red flags for national security.


Mexican Cartel Drone Smuggling Will Increase with More Border Walls

A Mexican cartel smuggler does not change professions when a border wall is built in the middle of his route. While some criminal elements turn to tunnels in California and Arizona, narcotics traffickers along the Texas border have demonstrated an increasing adoption of commercial drones with slight modifications to move product or observe surroundings.

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Will Mexican Cartels Use Car Bombs near the Texas Border Again?

Over the past few months, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) executed a policy of choosing not to target cartel leaders with the hope of lowering overall violence. A shift began, however, on October 8 when Mexico City announced its military would actively target key figures in the state of Tamaulipas, abutting the southern Texas border region. The change could ratchet pressure on cartel chiefs to return to their use of car bombs.