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Mexican Drug Cartel Power Shift, More Americans Becoming Their Smugglers

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The recent immigration reform bill that was introduced by the bipartisan “Gang of 8” U.S. Senators, has all buck sucked the air out of the drug-related violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, including the violence that continues to ravage some of the interior sectors of Mexico.

 The once dominating Sinaloa drug cartel, headed by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, has now taken a backseat to the Los Zetas cartel, which is now arguably the “most powerful criminal organization in Mexico.”

 Like the Sinaloa cartel, Los Zetas are a brutal and murderous bunch , who are responsible for countless crimes and gruesome murders, including human dismemberments.

 Just recently, Los Zetas offered a generous one thousand dollar drug smuggling ‘bonus’ to a group of Mexican nationals looking to immigrate to the U.S. The only thing that these would-be immigrants had to do was smuggle the cartel’s loads of drugs every four or so days. But when the group of Mexican nationals refused, Los Zetas killed them all.

 American Drug Mules

 A recent Univision investigation concluded that Los Zetas, as well as the other Mexican drug cartels, have dominated border drug smuggling operations into the United States, but the overwhelming amount of drug trafficking arrests by the U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies are not of Mexican nationals, but of Americans.

 Three out of four arrested for possession and trafficking of drugs at border posts have American citizenship, revealed an analysis of official statistics obtained exclusively by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and Univision Investiga.

After analyzing more than 80 000 cases of drug arrests Border Patrol, the research found that four out of five cases of drug trafficking on the border, in which several people are involved, involving at least one U.S. citizen.

 It seem as if the drug cartels have really smartened up with who they contract  as mules to smuggle in their U.S. bound contraband. According to one 54 year old American drug smuggler, in many cases “they (drug cartels) are looking for American people” who are “middle class” because this demographic is “less suspicious to the Border Patrol.”

 The proponents of the new immigration reform bill hope that the tough border enforcement measures stipulated in the bill will help thwart these drugs being smuggled into the U.S., as well as help stem the drug-related violence that has reached far beyond the United States’ southern border.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, Politico, The Hill, NBC, Wall Street Journal, and other state and national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous TV and radio shows, including being the one of NewsmaxTV's regular commentators. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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