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FBI: Los Zetas Drug Cartel is recruiting in the USA

More evidence that the amnesty bill will turn the southwest into a failed narco-state like Mexico.

Background: The Los Zetas drug cartel was founded by US trained members of the Airmobile Special Forces Group (GAFE) of the Mexican army. They were trained by the US 7th Special Forces at Fort Bragg during the 1990’s. They were taught state of the art commando skills as well as given counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency training. Millions of US tax-payer dollars were spent on this program.

Immediately after receiving their training, members of the GAFE began deserting the Mexican army en mass to make more money as mercenaries for the drug cartels.

In 1999, a group of these US trained commandos formed their own drug cartel known as Los Zetas. The cartel has murdered thousands of people, including American victims.

Los Zetas is not to be confused with the equally murderous Sinaloa drug cartel which the Department of Defense, under Eric Holder, armed with thousands of military weapons during Obama’s first term.

Because the United States government refuses to enforce border security, Mexican cartel soldiers move freely between the USA and Mexico.

From the Washington Times…

A Mexican drug cartel known for kidnapping random civilians and beheading its rivals has expanded its operations into the U.S.

The gang known as Los Zetas is recruiting U.S. prison and street gangs, and non-Mexicans, for its drug trafficking and support operations in Mexico and the U.S.

An FBI intelligence bulletin notes that “multiple sources” reported the shift in Los Zetas recruiting. The cartel sought to maintain a highly disciplined and structured hierarchy by recruiting members with specialized training, such as former military and law enforcement officers.

“The FBI judges with high confidence that Los Zetas will continue to increase its recruitment efforts and establish pacts with non-military trained, nontraditional associates to maintain their drug-trafficking and support operations, which may increase violence along the Southwest border posing a threat to U.S. national security,” the bulletin says.

The expansion of Los Zetas operations across the southwestern border has long been a concern of U.S. authorities. Trained as an elite band of Mexican anti-drug commandos, Los Zetas evolved into mercenaries for the infamous Gulf Cartel, unleashing a wave of brutality in Mexico’s drug wars.

The FBI intelligence bulletin quotes what it describes as “corroborated collaborative” sources “with excellent access” to show that Los Zetas has increased its effort to recruit and contract with U.S. gangs for daily drug trafficking activities in the United States.

The bulletin says the FBI had “moderate confidence” that Los Zetas likely will pose a higher national security threat to the U.S., based on “demonstrated capabilities for violence, their recent killings of U.S. citizens, increased kidnappings of U.S. citizens on both sides of the border, and their continued participation in the U.S. drug trade.”

According to the FBI, Los Zetas:

• Made contact with the Texas Mexican Mafia prison gang and tasked its members to collect debts, carry out hits and traffic drugs into and through Laredo, Texas.

• Tried to recruit U.S. gang members in Houston to join Los Zetas’ war against the Gulf Cartel on both sides of the border.

• Was buying AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifles from the Tango Blast, a Houston-based street gang.

• Had contacted the McAllen, Texas-based Los Piojos drug gang to purchase vehicles for Los Zetas members through thefts, carjackings and auto auctions in Texas.

Some of Los Zetas’ U.S. contacts have involved millions of dollars in drug profits, including efforts in Austin, Texas, to purchase, train, breed and race American quarter horses in the U.S. Four men were convicted in May for their roles in a conspiracy to launder millions of dollars in Los Zetas drug money. Among the convicted: Texas resident Jose Trevino Morales, brother of purported Los Zetas leaders Omar Trevino Morales and Miguel Trevino Morales.

Trial evidence showed that the men used straw purchasers and transactions in New Mexico, Oklahoma, California and Texas to disguise the drug money and make the proceeds from the sales of quarter horses or their race winnings appear legitimate.

U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman in San Antonio said at the time that the case showed how the corrupting influence of drug cartels had extended into the U.S., with “cartel bosses using an otherwise legitimate domestic industry to launder proceeds from drug trafficking and other crimes.”