Mexican Cartels Midwest
October 31, 2011 by staff
On the heels of a series of big busts in the south central region, who believe that the Mexican cartels will focus on areas such as ours, because we both wilderness and other isolated places where they grow operations could go undetected.
The authorities of our states agree bust record of 362,000 plants and 400 million worth of Obion County, Tennessee, two weeks ago was a revelation. In that case, the sheriff says they do not rule out anything, even the producers could be linked to a Mexican cartel.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder of the operation.
The researchers say that the rugged terrain of West Tennessee was a major factor in the clandestine operation long enough to grow weed high quality produce.
“The cartels are looking for isolated places around the country,” said Kevin Glaser of the SEMO Drug Task Force. “It’s something law enforcement should be in the search.”
In the last week, authorities seized a record five tons of marijuana in Indiana, and Louisville authorities arrested five men believed that the sale of weed throughout Kentucky. Officials say both cases were linked to large posters.
Researchers such as Glaser said that these could be signs cartels are shifting gears and work more in the U.S. to reduce the risk and cost. Some experts believe that drugs are also moving from well-known places such as California, to rural areas, where the hope of flying under the radar – areas such as the Heartland.
“It’s very disturbing that the Mexican cartels could be involved in growing local but not surprised,” said Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs. “It would eliminate the element of danger for transport.”
In Butler County, Sheriff Dobbs deals with the elimination of miles of open pan of the county, inside grows. He says the work to prevent large operations.
“Every year we make a great effort to eradicate when we send agents in overtime projects on four wheels and mules to see if we can find those who grow,” said Sheriff Dobbs. He says the community also has to be aware and keep officers informed.
Glaser agrees, saying that if an operation is arrested, the producers probably have already made some money, and just look for a new location.
“This is their daily bread,” said Glaser. “We will not stop.”
Researchers say it’s important to take these drugs off the streets because they are often the root of another crime and violence we see in everyday life in our communities.
Police say that if you stumble upon some sort of growth, not investigate yourself. Many operations are under surveillance and can be very dangerous. Contact the authorities immediately.
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