Jerry Brewer
December 21, 2009

A revamping of initiatives, as is now apparent in the targeting of drug cartels and their kingpin hierarchies by law enforcement authorities, is an action that can bring about intense reactions by U.S. law enforcement personnel and their facilities.

Federal agencies are certainly more prepared for potential threats due to the realities of terrorism. Through world terror events and the intense analysis of the modus operandi and “signatures” of terrorists, the U.S Department of State, along with other elements of the intelligence community, have worked diligently to educate and prepare federal offices and our embassies abroad.

[efoods]Arturo Beltran Leyva, a Mexican drug kingpin known as the “boss of bosses,” and notorious for ruthlessly having his enemies beheaded, was recently killed by authorities — along with three of his cartel members — south of Mexico City in Cuernavaca. Leyva, a major target of the U.S. DEA, was also referred to as “Mexico’s third most wanted man.”

The Leyva news follows October announcements of “Project Coronado,” a nearly four year U.S. multi-agency police operation of federal, state, and local agencies that targeted a drug distribution network from Mexico known as La Familia. Over 300 arrests were made and millions of dollars were seized.

The strategies in targeting criminal cartels via their hierarchies are critical elements of organized criminal interdiction. Dismantling organizations by toppling their position and status within the vast narcotics industry abyss helps to create major chaos and the re-posturing of underlings trying to regroup and hold onto territories, routes, and distribution networks that are seen by rivals as new potential turf. With this hysteria, and not so clear thinking, come not only mistakes but too massive retaliations.


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