Suspected Members of an Iraqi Drug-Trafficking Organization Are Arrested

Robert J. Lopez and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2011

Sixty reputed members of an Iraqi drug-trafficking organization in El Cajon have been arrested and authorities seized more than $630,000 in cash, 3,500 pounds of marijuana, dozens of high-powered firearms and several explosive devices, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

The organization was run out of a social club and has suspected links to the ruthless Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico and an Iraqi organized crime syndicate in Detroit, according to law enforcement officials.

The social club, located on East Main Street, has been a “hub of criminal activity conducted by Iraqi organized crime,” El Cajon police Chief Pat Sprecco said.

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Over the years, thousands of Chaldean Christians fled Iraq and arrived in the United States to start new lives in cities such as Detroit and El Cajon, where about one-quarter of the roughly 96,000 residents have Iraqi ancestry.

The undercover operation announced Thursday found connections between the club and members of a suspected Iraqi Chaldean crime organization in Detroit, according to officials with the Police Department and the San Diego branch of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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In April, an undercover agent was shown a grenade and told that other grenades were available for sale from a Mexican military source, Sprecco said.

Four improvised explosive devices were seized by authorities during the investigation. Police said the 34 confiscated firearms included semiautomatic assault rifles and several fully automatic weapons.

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  • Anonymous

    So the right wing hysterics and extremists who talked about middle eastern mexican criminal cooperation were right.

    S. California is the headquarters of organized and White collar crime due to the influx of people from the most corrupt countries in the world.

  • Bob

    In the 90’s San Diego was great. I spent a lot of time down there at the beaches in Oceanside and Carlsbad. Of all the cities turned into a 3rd world Tijuana/Iraqi hell hole this one stings the most. A beautiful White urban area with perfect weather has been completely destroyed for the average White. If you are filthy rich you can live in La Jolla or Coronado Island, but it takes money that 99% of us can only dream about. If we can stand by and watch as this area is stolen then we have truly lost.

  • Charles Marlow

    Many Iraqi Christians have been ethnically cleansed from Iraq as a result of the turmoil in that country following the US invasion in 2003. My understanding is they led unmolested lives when Saddam Hussein was in power.

    What a monumental blunder the Iraq war has been. It’s helped bankrupt the US and has destroyed Iraq, a country that posed no threat to US interests.

  • Anonymous

    So these Iraqis are Christian and not Muslim. But notice they still cause trouble for us. This is proof that genes trump culture. Iraqi “christians” or Mexican “christians” are still fundementally different from white people, regardless of their religion.

  • El Cerote

    So why isn’t this a surprise? We’re dumb enough to allow these people into the country, and we’re surprised when they go back to what was profitable for them before??? I flat don’t understand why we allow such dregs into America. We need to screen our immigrants and only take the ones who can contribute something positive to our nation.

  • Anonymous

    Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Lebanese began arriving in numbers in North America.

    They were soon operating drug trafficing networks originating from their homeland. Their representation in cash-intense businesses like corner stores, pizza shops and cabs made it easy for them to launder their proceeds and buy legitimate assets.

    Every Arabic, Muslim and Middle Eastern immigrant knows this, and have been trying to imitate the Lebanese.

  • patthemick

    And if we simply legalised drugs and let morons do as they will anyway we are soft on crime? I think that taking the money out of drugs would work great and the fools that kill themselves wouldn’t be missed much.