Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a blunt message to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, warning the man known as “Shorty” and other drug cartel members, not to mess with Texas.
“If he or any other cartel member thinks about trying to come into Texas, we’ve got a prison cell waiting for them. He is an immense danger,” Abbott said Monday on The Steve Malzberg Show.
Truth is, Mexican cartel members have been holed up in Texas for decades. Cartel members, sometimes in cahoots with corrupt U.S. authorities, have been supplying the insatiable U.S. demand for illicit drugs in Texas, which makes up part of the largest market in the world.
Cartel members have used the state to launder dirty money, buying vast acres of real estate, flushing banks with what some call blood money and purchasing millions of dollars in weapons used for a drug war in Mexico that’s left more than 120,000 dead or disappeared since 2006.