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1 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. Sergio Chapa KGBT-TV January 2011 Dallas at the Crossroads of the Drug War

2 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Mexico: A Modern, Industrialized & Developing Nation Population: 112,468,855 Gross Domestic Product: $1.463 trillion dollars Per Capita Income: $13,200 dollars Poverty Rate: 18.2% Unemployment Rate: 5.5% Source: CIA World Fact Book

3 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Mexican Drug Cartels SOURCE: Stratfor

4 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Mexican Drug Cartels SOURCE: Stratfor

5 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Drug War

6 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Drug War: Death Toll SOURCE: Stratfor, Blog del Narco 30,196 killed since ,658 killed in person every 40 minutes

7 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ August 2010: 72 Central & South American immigrants killed by Zetas drug cartel 80 miles south of the border in San Fernando, Tamaulipas. The immigrants refused to help smuggle drugs into the United States. Illegal Immigrants Caught in the Middle Freddy Lala: One man survived and managed to find Mexican marines back to the ranch where the others were killed. Drug cartels have taken over human smuggling routes often forcing immigrants to smuggle drugs to pay their fees to enter the United States.

8 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Rodolfo Torre-Cantu: PRI candidate for Governor of Tamaulipas gunned down on June 28th, 2010 just days before the July 4th elections. His brother ran in his place and won. Politicians in the Crossfire Luis Mario Guajardo-Varela: PAN candidate for mayor in Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas gunned down with two other men on May 13th, Other PAN candidates dropped out of their races following his death.

9 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Journalists in the Crossfire Carlos Alberto Guajardo Matamoros reporter killed in the crossfire while covering shootout between drug traffickers and Mexican soldiers in November Mexico: Deadly Nation for Journalists At least 24 journalists have been killed in Mexico since Other journalists have been silenced through assaults and kidnappings. Many citizens have turned to social media networks such as Twitter and YouTube to share information about drug shootouts. Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

10 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Texas Border Drugs Immigrants GunsCash TEXAS MEXICO

11 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Spillover Violence David Hartley Case Falcon Lake, Texas September 30th, 2010 American man allegedly murdered by Mexican pirates on lake between U.S/Mexico border.

12 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Spillover Violence Cartel Murder Brownsville, Texas September 30th, 2010 Two men murdered in a drug cartel hit in Brownsville, Texas

13 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Border Corruption Conrado Cantu Cameron County Sheriff June 2005 Arrested in a drug trafficking case and sentenced to 24 years in federal prison.

14 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Border Corruption Rey Guerra Starr County Sheriff October 2008 Arrested in a drug trafficking case and sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in federal prison.

15 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

16 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Dallas: Major Distribution Hub at Intersection of Four Interstates

17 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Dallas: Major Drug Consumer Market Methamphetamines Marijuana Cocaine Ecstasy Heroin

18 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Dallas: Drug-Related Crime Gang Violence Murder Robbery Burglary SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice

19 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Dallas: Drug-Related Crime Luis Campos & Linoshka Torres Oak Cliff February 2007 Young couple kidnapped from a home outside Oak Cliff in a case of mistaken identity. Their bodies were found in a remote area outside Lancaster. A Santería shrine was found nearby.

20 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Dallas: Drug-Related Crime Bocanegra Kidnapping Gang Richardson May 2007 This group would raid drug stash houses throughout the DFW metroplex. They kidnapped drug traffickers and held them for ransom at a mobile home in southeast Dallas. They were involved in a shootout at a WalMart off IH-30 in Oak Cliff.

21 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Cheese Heroin: 33 Drug-Related Deaths in Dallas

22 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Dallas: Source of Guns for Cartels Erasmo Arciba Case: Lancaster man bought high-powered guns for the Zetas and was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in federal prison. Guns stores, pawn shops & gun shows are important sources. Gun Seized in Mexico traced to USA 60,000 guns in past four years Texas is #1 source state Houston is #1 source city in Texas Dallas remains important source

23 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Dallas: Money Laundering Hub Billions of dollars are smuggled back to Mexico. Drug profits are sent from Dallas to Mexico Cartels are always becoming more inventive Wire transfers and debit cards are new methods

24 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Solution: Law Enforcement Federal Response Federal lawmakers want to increase funds for border security but also create initiatives such as the border fence and unmanned drones. Texas Response Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants increased funding for border security. His request for National Guard troops stationed at the border has not been fully granted.

25 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Solution: Drug Rehabilitation North Texas Rehab Centers Thousands of people enter rehab clinics in the DFW metroplex every year but success rates remain low and sometimes have to go through a program more than once to successfully beat their addiction. Providers have noted that there is not enough public funding for drug rehabilitation programs. The need is more acute for juveniles for whom there is even less funding.

26 DRUGS. GUNS. IMMIGRANTS. CASH. _______________________________ Solution: Youth Programs Four-Point Strategy: Education Prevention Intervention Rehabilitation Juvenile Drug Court Dallas County District Attorney’s Office program allows first-time juvenile drug offenders to avoid a criminal past by enrolling in a special, but strict program.

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