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El Chapo
An Online Publication of The Anonymous Anything Society-MAY 8, 2019

    DRUG CARTEL LEADERS IN JAIL, YET ILLICIT DRUG INFLUX SURGES

        It doesn't make sense. Joaquin Guzman Loera, "El Chapo," supposedly the most powerful Drug Lord in the World, infamous for being the murderous head of the Sinaloa Cartel, and famous for having escaped Mexican prisons twice, was extradited to the U.S. from Mexico and after a lengthy trial, found guilty of all ten charges brought in Federal Court and sentenced to life in a U.S. prison.   

    Also, Demasio Lopez, an associate in the Sinaloa Cartel under El Chapo, and his trusted lieutenant, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in an Alexandria, Virginia court in September. Another Associate in the Sinaloa Cartel, Alfredo Beltran Leyva was sentenced to life imprisonment, in a U.S. Federal Court, in April of 2017.

     Mexican authorities claim that many sub-groups of the Sinaloa Cartel that once claimed to having 600 "soldiers," has now been dismembered.

    Yet, since El Chapo's imprisonment, there have been interdictions of massive amounts of illicit drugs at the border reported recently by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This has gone hand-in-hand with a huge surge in drug overdose deaths, from heroin, from oxycontin and other synthetic opioids, particularly fentanyl, reported by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC terms it a 54 percent increase. That's nothing less than an epidemic, an exponential increase, particularly affecting younger adults in the 25 to 34 year-old age group.

    According to the CDC, fentanyl, reportedly manufactured in China and repackaged in Mexico, is 50 times more powerful than heroin and can shut down breathing in less than a minute.

    What has brought about this explosion of illicit drugs and drug deaths in the United States?

    Has the Sinaloa Cartel regrouped or their former territory taken over by another Mexican illicit drug gang?

    In any case, Homeland Security should call for the 101st Airborne Division to aid all government agencies at every port of entry to stem the tide of illicit drugs and the State Department needs to immediately engage seriously with China about this deadly problem.

    If this was an Ebola pandemic, would we expect our government to do any less?

 

- Phil Richardson, Storyteller and observer of the human condition.

    "He goes doddering on into his old age, making a public nuisance of himself."óJoseph Menchen

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