I read somewhere that the Cartels have approximately 100,000 foot soldiers, the Mexican Army consist of 130,000 soldiers. Recently "Chapo" Guzman(Sinaloa Cartel) was listed among the worlds top Billionaires. If the cartels were to team up it would be a very grave challenge for the Mexican Govt. Currently the violence is at the same intensity of last year (~6000/yr). Calderon has denied that the stability of Mexico is at risk (even acknowledging this concern is worrisome). Meanwhile back at the ranch, the DHS is stating they will soon have a strategy in place regarding the increasing violence in Mexico. Top U.S. military commanders have been meeting with Mexican officials to see what assistance they may offer. I worry that some may not realize the extent to which all levels of government in Mexico have been infiltrated by cartel members. So it goes, more to be announced in the next few weeks.
"...90% of cartels' weapons come from the U.S...marijuana is by far the major trafficked drug..."
March 8, 2009: U.S. Citizen Decapitated in TijuanaMarch 17, 2009
Senate Judiciary Committee
Mexican Drug Cartels
Witnesses testified about the recent violence in Mexico stemming from clashes between rival drug cartels, law enforcement responses in Mexico and the U.S. to both violence and drug trafficking, and the impact on boarder security policy. (2 hours)
"Mystery train rolling down the track"March 19, 2009
FEDERAL COURT — Federal prosecutors filed civil lawsuits against the Union Pacific railroad company yesterday seeking $37 million in penalties it says the company owes for allowing loads of drugs to be smuggled on its cars into the country, mostly through Calexico...the federal Tariff Act...says the owners of any vehicle or “person in charge” of any vehicle coming into the country where illegal drugs are found are on the hook for civil penalties...
San Diego Union-Tribune
Whats worse is these are trains that parallel the border(not cross it) the smugglers cross it then put the contraband on the trains.....lots of trains relatively few railroad detectives. Bummer for the railroad guys.
Some folks, via PM, think I'm being harsH on Ral.
I'm in the same line of work.
The shipper, our customers, pay a minimum of 1,200 to 5,000 U.S. dollars to see that their personel possesions make it to the other end of the line. 5 dollars in tools? Bullsuger, you can't get a single decent screwdriver for that amount of money. It isn't about the tools. It's weither or not you are a punk.
If you can't take the criminals, you don't work for that outfit. I quit my first outfit, Peeter's Allied, now Peeter's Atlas, because they wanted me to do evictions. They wanted me to put a single mother of four out on the street, two weeks before Christmas. that! Your company ain't worth working for if they are having you do that!
But quiting there put me in AMS Relocation, a Bekins outfit. And by not being afraid of human trash I got to meet some remarkable human beings and their property. Every seen stuff writing by Darwin himself? Fine art by the architects of the skyscrappers of your home town? Every seen a wine cellar that took five professional movers three days to load into a truck?
Ral won't either.
Hey Ral, on second and third thought I'm being a jerk and a bully.
You know what you need to do to keep yourself safe in your part of the world. And you don't come here to catch crap from me. Pardon the trolling.