Cartels dispatch agents deep inside U.S.

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Cartels dispatch agents deep inside U.S.

This photo dated in 2007 from federal court documents provided by attorneys for Jose Gonzales-Zavala shows Gonzales-Zavala with two of his children allegedly taken in Mexico. Prosecutors say Gonzales-Zavala was a member of the La Familia cartel, based in southwestern Mexico, and dispatched to the Chicago area to oversee one of the cartel’s lucrative trafficking cells. His defense team entered the photograph into evidence during the sentence stage of his case in arguing for leniency. In 2011, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a federal judge in Chicago.
This poster displayed at a Chicago Crime Commission news conference in Chicago, where Joaquin ‘’El Chapo’’ Guzman, a drug kingpin in Mexico, was named as Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1. It is first time since prohibition, when the label was created for Al Capone, that anyone else has been named Public Enemy No. 1. Ruthless drug cartels have long been the nation’s No. 1 supplier of illegal drugs, but in the past, their operatives rarely ventured beyond the border. However, data from federal court cases and government drug-enforcement agencies, plus interviews with many top law-enforcement officials, indicate the groups have begun deploying agents from their inner circles to the United States.

Cartels dispatch agents deep inside U.S.

This photo dated in 2007 from federal court documents provided by attorneys for Jose Gonzales-Zavala shows Gonzales-Zavala with two of his children allegedly taken in Mexico. Prosecutors say Gonzales-Zavala was a member of the La Familia cartel, based in southwestern Mexico, and dispatched to the Chicago area to oversee one of the cartel’s lucrative trafficking cells. His defense team entered the photograph into evidence during the sentence stage of his case in arguing for leniency. In 2011, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a federal judge in Chicago.
This poster displayed at a Chicago Crime Commission news conference in Chicago, where Joaquin ‘’El Chapo’’ Guzman, a drug kingpin in Mexico, was named as Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1. It is first time since prohibition, when the label was created for Al Capone, that anyone else has been named Public Enemy No. 1. Ruthless drug cartels have long been the nation’s No. 1 supplier of illegal drugs, but in the past, their operatives rarely ventured beyond the border. However, data from federal court cases and government drug-enforcement agencies, plus interviews with many top law-enforcement officials, indicate the groups have begun deploying agents from their inner circles to the United States.
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