Photo: Los Zetas in the U.S.
According to various experts on border security and gang violence Mexico’s violent drug gangs have expanded their operations across the border and into states like New York and California.
Apparently drug profits have allowed drug cartels like the Zetas to afford top of the line terror tools like explosives and avoid detection through wiretapping, bribery and counterserveillance.
All this has emboldened the cartels to expand their reach into the U.S., not only as a source of consumption but as an operation base. The U.S. cocaine, heroin and marijuana market in the U.S. is valued at $25 billion with distribution handled at the local level but that may change.
The U.S. Homeland Security Department has said that Mexican drug cartels, including the Zetas, have infiltrated 276 U.S. cities and represent the nation’s most serious organized-crime threat.
There is now proposed legislation to have six Mexican cartels designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) making their detection and detention easier.