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    Mexican drug cartels are striving to become “key players in the European drugs market,” Europol officials said Friday.

    Their statement, issued from Europol headquarters in the Hague, said that Mexican criminals have become “global market coordinators” in trafficking cocaine and synthetic drugs to Europe. Police officials also alleged that Mexicans were moving firearms from southeast Europe and trading them with cocaine dealers in the Americas. They also specifically cited the Zetas cartel--perhaps the most ruthless of the Mexican gangs—for reportedly trafficking human beings “for sexual exploitation” from northeast Europe to Mexico.

    Concerns about the presence of Mexican cartels in Europe are not new, but the statement by the European Union’s top crime-fighting agency underscores a growing worry about the Mexican criminal groups’ ambitious plans for global expansion. Fears have spread across the Mexican border to nearby Texas, and as far away as Southeast Africa.

    Last month, Texas’ public safety department declared that Mexican cartels were the “the most significant organized crime threat” to the Lone Star State. Along with other criminal groups, the cartels are suspected not only to be deeply involved in the Texas drug trade, but also to be responsible for extortion, kidnappings, public corruption and money laundering, according to the report, an annual threat assessment issued by the agency.

    In May, a deputy administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration told a group of U.S. senators that Mexican cartels are involved in the African methamphetamine trade, and have “documented links” to criminal groups in Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    “We haven’t identified specific cartel activity in Africa,” a DEA official told the Voice of America in June. “We’ve identified Mexicans in Africa, and we know they are affiliated with cartels - we just haven’t put it together.”

    The Europol statement said that law enforcement officials had recently “averted” the Sinaloa Cartel’s attempts to set up a major European cocaine wholesaling operation. Thus far, according to the report, few violent incidents in Europe have been attributed to the Mexicans.

    “We do not want the level of violence and brutality which we see in Mexico mirrored in Europe,” said Rob Wainwright, the Europol director.

    By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times, April 12th 2013



  1. usually0
    Is it me or does seem obvious that their main income is from drug trafficking, which is something that can be made legal, effectively destroying this entire organization or at least reducing its ability to make money by a large amount. Prostitution can also be legalized.

    There's no real good reason in my mind for why we should allow criminal organizations to control markets that can be legalized and regulated and run lawfully. Considering the fact that these criminal organizations greatly affect the lives of those directly involved and even those who are not involved at all. The differing of opinions on drugs divides families sends honest hardworking people to jail who do not think of their actions as illegal or immoral, and nor does many other people.
  2. Randomiiza
    I'm totally with you. This issue could easily be dealt with through legalization. The longer the War On Drugs continues the more this conflict will escalate. I don't want to wake up one day in a Looperesque world where criminals are the leading force. I don't understand why a system proven to not work is continuing to be enforced. It kills me how drug prohibition is based on moral grounds when it's effects are becoming more and more immoral.

    Ahh why can't DF just take over the state. I would live in that country.
  3. lofty
    The way I look at it there is such a big market in the uk for coke and other drugs as well as Europe, they wouldn't have to fight each other as they would be some much money for better product.
    we are quite peaceful over here haha.

    but seriously I wouldn't want what's happen in Mexico in any country in Europe
  4. source
    The UK and the USA cannot be compared, the cartels would be after every country in Europe, not just the one, they would probably call Europe a country and have done with it, then each country would be a different state just like it is over in the US.
    These guys don't fry small fish.
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