US special ops will increase their militaristic preparation of Mexican Special Forces, schooling them on how to stalk the cartel rulers, treating them as though they were al-Qaida’s minor league team.
Just as America is potentially getting ready to pull the plug on Afghanistan, US Special Forces is preparing to let loose its elite fighting troops in the hopes of helping in the never-ending slugfest with Mexico’s drug cartel. US special ops will increase their militaristic preparation of Mexican Special Forces, schooling them on how to stalk the cartel rulers, treating them as though they were al-Qaida’s minor league team. Sending a clear message to the Mexican drug kingpins, that the American government is still fully engaged in the “war on drugs,”…if not at home, at least south of the border.
The secretive exercises, detailed in official papers attained by the AP, will be supposedly carried out under a prolonged special operations program located at the U.S. Army Northern Command’s headquarters —this facility is the Pentagon’s base of covert military operations for North America. In an attempt to teach the elite Mexican troops, the US program handed over many ‘tricks of the trade’ to the “Mexican military, intelligence, and law enforcement officials to study U.S. counterterrorist operations,” according to the AP. But in a memo reportedly obtained by the news agency, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta authorized an expansion of the program that could “eventually triple from 30 troops to 150,” increasing the presence of the ranking military official to a general, and replacing the lieutenant colonel in charge…while establishing a new headquarters.
According to the US military that doesn’t mean ‘our boots’ will be hunting the drug kingpins themselves. US officials reportedly repudiate that any special forces will be conducting operations south of the border, primarily because Mexican law prevents our participation, or that of any other foreign country from openly operating on Mexican soil while armed. Fine, no boots on the ground while armed, yet as most will admit the U.S. government has a plethora of other options when it comes to disrupting the cartels drug pipeline… From drones to wiretaps their options are limitless, but the first to be deployed will be financial restrictions.
Yesterday, the US Treasury Department applied punitive financial sanctions on an unknown, yet deadly new contestant in the drug cartels ongoing game of North American drug dominance. The federal government knows them as the Meza Flores Drug Trafficking Organization, presumably named for its leader, Isidro Meza Flores a.k.a “Chapito Isidro.” So late yesterday, the US Treasury Dept. publicized that it created additional space on its already crowded list of known foreign drug smugglers. Within U.S. law there is a statute known as the Kingpin Act, once enacted the kingpin act freezes any organizations financial assets within U.S. borders and permits the federal government to impose substantial financial consequences on Americans caught doing business with them.
However south of the border, the boutique drug cartels have gone by many aliases, such Los Mazatlecos and La Oficina, or “The Office.” And in the hungry food chain of the Mexican drug lords world, they find themselves as one of the primary rivals to the Sinaloa Cartel in the Mexican state of Sinaloa,” the feds made note in a statement.
The cartel is also responsible for smuggling vast amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine into the United States, according to the Treasury Department. In addition to sanctioning the cartel, the U.S. has also moved to add Chapito Isidro’s family to its list, including his wife, parents, sister and uncles. Also on the list are several companies allegedly owned by the family, including a gas station, a “grain transportation company,” and a construction company.
But Chapito Isidro and his gang have also been a thorn in the side of the Sinaloa Cartel for several years. His group first came to public attention after kidnapping and killing two people “as a threat to their criminal rivals,” according to Tijuana news magazine Zeta. He’s “considered a young man, shrewd and very bloody,” noted the magazine. He’s been allegedly involved in the drug trade since the 1990s, and the U.S. believes he’s operated out of the town of Guasave, Sinaloa, since 2000. He also reportedly controls territory throughout northern Sinaloa and the Baja California resort towns of Los Cabos and La Paz, and has been bolstered by an alliance with drug lord Hector Beltran Leyva, the surviving leader of the fading Beltran Leyva Cartel.
It’s also a wonder how he’s survived deep in Sinaloa’s home territory. One theory has it that Chapito Isidro has used Sinaloa’s mountains north of Guasave — near the town of Choix — to outmaneuver both the Sinaloa Cartel and the military, mounting ambushes in narrow passes with the help of gunmen and vehicles sent by allies among the Zetas.
The cartel has also been referred to as an amalgam of gangsters from different groups all out to destroy the Sinaloa Cartel. But the Mexican attorney general’s office has since considers the group to be “a new criminal organization reaching the rank of cartel” with the “structure, violence and danger,” according to Zeta. That’s not good news, because it wasn’t like we were running low on drug cartels. But there’s seemingly no shortage of U.S. and Mexican commandos either.
Source – Wired