War and Conflict • A Bloody Taste
June 15, 2012
A Bloody Taste
In "The (Ever-Expanding) War Next Door," I highlighted an article detailing the expanding presence of Mexican drug cartels in cities throughout the U.S., and suggested that it was only a matter of time before the increasing bloodshed south of our border flowed northward.
While that sort of carnage and mayhem in our country is probably some ways off, an ABC News report, "Travel Warning for Mexico: Possible Violent ‘Retaliation’ Against Americans," suggests that some of us may nonetheless get a taste of it very soon:
American travelers to Mexico should beware of possible violent retaliation for this week’s arrest of alleged Zetas drug cartel associates and family members inside the U.S., the U.S. State Department has warned.
Though the warning does not specify which "Transnational Criminal Organization" might engage in "anti-American" violence, on Tuesday federal authorities arrested seven alleged associates of the powerful Zetas drug cartel in New Mexico and Oklahoma for allegedly laundering millions in drug profits through breeding and racing quarterhorses in the U.S. Those arrested included Jose Trevino Morales, the brother of Zetas leaders Miguel Angel and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales, who were also indicted but remain at large in Mexico.
According to the indictment, the Zetas cartel steered drug money to Jose Trevino Morales and his wife to purchase, train and race quarterhorses. Horses owned by the Zetas’ alleged front companies competed at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico and won lucrative races, including the $1 million All American Futurity in 2010. Some of the horses, like Morning Cartel and Coronita Cartel, had the word "cartel" in their names.
The travel warning issued Tuesday, the day of the arrests and the unsealing of the indictment, urges U.S. citizens in Mexico to be on guard. "Given the history and resources of this violent TCO, the U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to maintain a low profile and a heightened sense of awareness."
Statistics: Posted by yoda — Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:47 pm
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