A 15-month investigation cracking down on one of Mexico's largest drug cartels resulted in the arrests of 175 suspects yesterday and today, 22 of them in North Texas.One wonders if these North Texas arrests are related in any way to the Gulf Cartel snitch found working in a Collin County constable's office earlier this year?
So far, Project Reckoning has led to more than 500 arrests and the seizure of $60 million and more than 40 tons of drugs, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced today.Those indicted include three alleged leaders of the Gulf cartel: Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen, Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano (right) and Jorge Eduardo Costilla-Sanchez. ...
The international investigation was centered in Atlanta, but attorneys in the Northern District of Texas are handling some of the cases. More details on the local efforts to come.
Today's arrests also contained an Italian connection. According to the USDOJ press release:
Today’s operation also involved significant cooperation from Italy, for which I thank Dr. Gratteri. Among those charged in today’s indictments are members of an organized crime group based in Calabria, Italy, who allegedly sold cocaine supplied by the Gulf Cartel via New York. The Italian government’s firm commitment to combat drug trafficking is evident in the success of this operation.I remain convinced that these multinational smuggling operations are a greater threat to US security than any Muslim terrorist, certainly for us here in Texas. The cartels have gone far beyond drugs to smuggling every type of black market contraband from crop pickers to sex workers to Asian porn, stolen cigarettes and anything else someone wants to sneak across the border.
It remains to be seen what kind of dent this makes in Gulf Cartel operations or whether their competitors move in to take over their turf.