US, Mexico unveil plan to fight drug cartels … in Chicago

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Officials from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have announced a new plan to work more closely with their Mexican law enforcement counterparts to combat Mexican drug cartels (Associated Press).

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Although discussion of U.S.-Mexico border security is often focused on border states – four in the United States, six in Mexico – the plan will center around a Chicago-based enforcement group.

At a press conference in Chicago on Wednesday, the city’s police superintendent Eddie Johnson blamed local gangs with connections to Mexican cartels for the city’s escalating rates of violent crime (Chicago Tribune;WTTW).

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Activities of international drug cartels in Chicago and other non-border areas of the United States. Add more here:

• According to U.S. law enforcement officials, Chicago is a distribution hub for drug cartels, which then transport “factory-quantity amounts of methamphetamine” and other narcotics to Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis and other major cities (Chicago Tribune).

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• Officials have identified the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG, led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as ‘El Mencho,’ as a rising threat (Associated Press).

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Drug-related security issues in border states. Add more here:

• California, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas

• Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León or Tamaulipas

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