Mexican Drug Cartels Fight Turf Battles in Chicago

Michael Cutler, CAPS, August 29, 2012

A disturbing news report aired on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on August 23, 2012 began:

Gun violence is out of control in Chicago. Just last night, there were eight shootings, two of them deadly.

That pushes the total so far in 2012 to 351 shooting deaths—up 30 percent from last year. Drug gangs are a big reason.

Both President Obama and Director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano have often claimed that our borders are secure.  We have also heard Ms. Napolitano claim that “Spillover Violence” was not a problem.

Janet Napolitano herself has stated that more than two hundred American cities have been infested by Mexican drug cartels.  Additionally, other transnational gangs from Latin America as well as from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere have also set up shop in towns and cities in virtually every one of America’s 50 states. {snip}

Back in 1988 I was the first INS special agent to be assigned to the Unified Intelligence Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Field Division, where I conducted an analysis of arrest records to determine who was being arrested by the DEA in New York as well as across the United States.  I found that 60% of the defendants arrested by the DEA Task Force in New York City were identified as being “foreign-born” while nationally 30% of all such defendants were so described.

The August 23rd CBS news report included an interview with Jack Riley, the Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) of DEA’s Chicago Office:

Daily turf battles over drugs and distribution, he said, are turning parts of this Midwest city into a Mexican border town.

“One of the hardest jobs I’ve had in the past couple of years is to convince our law enforcement partners that we need an enforcement mentality as if we’re on the border,” Riley said.

Miles away, Riley says, Mexican cartels have a significant influence in Chicago’s gang violence problem.

“Let’s take the gloves off on that,” he said. “We know that the majority of the drugs here in Chicago, cartels are responsible for. We know that the majority of the murders are gang related. So it is very clear to see the connection and the role.”

As it stands now, at least three major Mexican cartels are battling over control of billions of dollars of marijuana, cocaine and—increasingly—heroin in this city. That includes the ultra-violent Zetas and the powerful Sinaloa cartel, run by its shadowy leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Clearly “Spillover Violence” from Mexico is not only commonplace but endangers Americans and members of immigrant communities—not only along the US/Mexican border but across America.


The final sentence of the CBS report should get everyone’s attention:

More than ever, Chicago’s problem is turning into a Midwest problem. Cartel operations are also spreading to Milwaukee, St. Louis and Detroit.

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  • “Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico.” — Vincente Fox

  • bluffcreek1967

    Aren’t the Mexican people just wonderful?! In every place they set foot in large numbers (and sometimes even in small numbers), there is drugs, gangs, and drive-by shootings. It’s apparent now that the Mexicans want to turn Chicago into another L.A. County!

  • Jay11

    I’m sorry to say it, but if white people didn’t take so many drugs (half my cousins used drugs when I was growing up) then the problem would be solved.

    • FedUp

      I agree.  It’s like the problem of white girls going with blacks.  Easily solved with a little self respect and discipline, and NEVER going there in the first place.  Just say NO.  In both cases, and both problems would go away.  I have no pity on drug users.  None.

    • Eagle_Eyed

       Really?  I’m as anti-drug as anyone out there, but illegal immigration would still exist without America’s marijuana problem, and Mexican gangs and gang violence will exist until the Mexican people say enough is enough and end police corruption.  I’m not holding my breath…

  • RobbyF

    I urge you all to read Richard Grant’s GOD’S MIDDLE FINGER. He is a Brit who writes about his trip to Mexico.  I had thought they were really bad people, but I had NO IDEA, I was too naive, they are BAD, I can’t tell you just how bad they are, living among them is DREADFUL, I mean the STARES the disrespect the shootings, the stabbings the theft, the chickens the pigs running around and the government LOVES them, the local paper COVERS for them, they get ALL the SCHOLARSHIPS and on and on, but these are bad bad bad…

    • Major

      Soon…some states will have to issue hunting permits.

      My money is on Arizona and Texas.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Sending in the National Guard would be deemed racist.

  • As long as they vote democrat the people will leave them alone.

  • JackKrak

    Well, maybe Chicago can add Mexican drug cartel violence to its already impressive end-0f-civilization resume, but at least they made to it clear to Chick fil-A that some things are clearly unacceptable….

  • libertarian1234

    According to gang experts,  while it’s undoubtedly the Mexican cartels that are supplying the narcotics, they are by no means a greater threat to peace than the black gangs……at least for right now.  Growing cartel influence could change the balance of street power in the near future, but presently the greatest number of gang bangers are black.

    It is they that hold the greatest political power too, thanks to the Black Muslims who are said to regard them as kind of a military arm.  In fact, it was claimed that Jesse Jackson and other so-called “mainstream” black leaders look upon them the same way.

    Jackson, a few years ago, said that black street gangs were the “new frontier of the civil rights struggle.”

    Liberals usually point to early twentieth century European street gangs in New York and Chicago to make the claim that gangs are just a passing influence all ethnicities evolve through, but they’re way off the mark, because they don’t understand the breadth and scope of this danger today nor do they take into consideration that black and Hispanic gangs are primarily thieves, murderers and dope dealers who have considerable financing behind them.  Even the mafia was a far lesser threat to national security and public safety.  These gangs today are racial and they’re more like nations within a nation.

    A blogger mentioned a short while ago that, ” if there could be clearer signs pointing to the deterioration of this empire and its multicultural weaknesses, I don’t know what they could be short of outright civil war. “

  • Wasn’t it just a few months ago, that Garry McCarthy, the top cop in Chicago, said the 17th century Pilgrims were responsible for all the shootings in Chicago? Now, he’s blaming the Mexican drug cartels. While it may be closer to the truth, it doesn’t explain how 78% of Chicago’s homivide victims are Bantus, and only 18% are mestizo-named.
    They tried banning handguns outright in Chicago. After the SCOTUS ruling in McDonald v. Chicago, they’ve tried to inhibit actual handgun ownership with dracoonian and suffocating regulations.  And STILL the murders continue. 

    • Major

      So what’s the answer? More “legal” guns for the Bantu’s?

      I don’t think too many would qualify do you? Since so many are already in the system.

  • Yeah, but now the “American mom” is named Juanita and apple pie has been replaced by pastel de tres leches (three milk cake) . Isn’t south of the border diversity wonderful….

  • In Mario Puzo’s classic “The Godfather” novel, when Don Corleone calls for a peace meeting of the national Mafia dons; the Detroit Don, Joseph Zaluchi makes this speech before his bretheren:

    “…In my city (Detroit), I would keep the drug traffic in the dark people, the coloreds. They are the best customers, the least troublesome, and they are all animals, anyway. They have no respect for their wives, their families or themselves. Let them lose their souls with drugs….”

    When it comes to Bantus, what was true then, is true now.

  • David Ashton

    So the “left” will go on demanding the decriminalization of drugs backed by the likes of George Soros.

  • Michael C. Scott

    As vicious as the narcos have been, I have never once heard of them forcing people to use their products.  In spite of the ridicule heaped on the “Just say no” campaign, if people do not want to use drugs, they simply won’t.  If they legalized that garbage and gave it away for free, I still wouldn’t use it; I have better things to do.

    If everybody on any sort of public assistance was subjected to mandatory, random drug tests, most of this problem would go away in only a few months.  We couldn’t lock them all up, but we wouldn’t have to.  We’d only have to cut off the gravy train, but the courts have already told us we can’t do this.

  • It’s obvious to us what has to be done and will be done eventually.  When is the always the big question in my mind.  There are to many people who want peace within our borders and to many of us want to shake off the ticks and fleas, tabworms and other disgusting parasites infesting our land.  With Gods help and a strong hand it will get done!  I know this and you should know this…”And I will heal their land.!”
    Just say a little prayer.

  • giavelli report

    “illegal aliens are just voters from another country” – Mitt Romney

  • Major

    And Rahm Emanuel sees Chik-fil-A as the real threat to “Chicago values”?

  • the devil

    the goverment gave permission for the cartels to take drugs in to the usa in exchange for firearms now there turning it all around making mexico ther next target intead of focusing on helping people goverment just take care of there own