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Another failed state in the making

25 April 2009

Now we know how the Texas Secessionists intend to support their “country” —

Mexican drug traffickers are funneling cocaine to Italian organised crime, and some shipments are moving through Dallas.

“We’ve got some of the major cartel members established here dealing their wares in Europe,” said James Capra, head of the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s Dallas office.

Experts say warring cartels battered by unprecedented US and Mexican government crackdowns are increasingly looking to Europe as an expansion market. Across the Atlantic, demand for cocaine is high and prices are up. A kilo sold for $20,000 in Dallas is worth up to three times as much overseas, experts say.

Mexican cartel operatives in north Texas “are dealing with Italy, Spain, you name it,” he said. “They can operate their logistical center from here and coordinate between Mexico, Central America and Europe.”

Italian capos are venturing to north Texas to get in on the action, says one mob expert.

“Places like Houston and Dallas are where these criminal organisations are most likely to invest their money.”

And Texican cartels won’t have to import their weapons:

… a record number of weapons confiscated in Mexico were traced to U.S. retailers, the largest percentage of them in Texas, according to the latest available government data obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.

The number of traced firearms — 12,073 — is more than double the previous two years combined, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reported.

The 2008 figure brings the total number of guns confirmed as having been bought in the U.S. and smuggled into Mexico to 22,848 since 2005.

The new numbers, to be officially released in a report next month, are significant in that ATF tracings of confiscated firearms partially measure the extent to which guns from the U.S. arm Mexico’s cartels. An estimated 10,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico during the past few years.

Texas led the nation as the source of the traced weapons smuggled into Mexico with 40 percent of the total, or 4,800 firearms, last year.

Top Mexican and U.S. politicians have asserted that the high percentage of guns traced to U.S. sources in the past — 90 percent of all those submitted for traces — indicates that a large majority of guns in Mexico not traced also comes from U.S. retailers.

Which means, logically, Texas needs to put troops in the streets and Mexico should issue consular warnings about the dangers of traveling to Amarillo.  That, and the United States will need to build a wall across Oklahoma.

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