Mexico’s Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) is planting new roots in the United States in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials say that Jalisco Nueva Generación has spread across the country with “notable activity” in Washington state.
In the midst of the immigration border crisis, when authorities denounce the increase in crime and drug trafficking as a result of Biden’s “open borders” policies, it was learned that the Mexican criminal group has managed to elude authorities and settle in the country.
Jalisco Nueva Generación grows in the U.S.
DHS officials told The Epoch Times that Jalisco Nueva Generación is currently the main group behind a campaign to bring illicit fentanyl (a synthetic opioid 100 times more potent than morphine) into the United States.
Robert Hammer, special agent in charge of the lead investigative arm of DHS, told KOMO News that Jalisco Nueva Generación is trafficking fentanyl not only in the Seattle region but also in central and southeastern Washington state.
Security agencies reveal that the CJNG distributes cocaine and methamphetamines along 10,000 kilometers of coastline, in an area stretching from the Southern Cone to the US-Canada border.
The situation is so critical that in mid-April the United States offered $5,000,000 for information to capture the “Gardener,” the cartel’s regional leader.
Governor of Texas Gregg Abbott asked the Biden administration to include the Mexican cartels in the list of international terrorist organizations. The Republican governor blamed criminal groups for the crisis on the border with Mexico.
Abbott reported on the Lone Star operation launched on March 6 that left hundreds of detainees, of which there are about 800 criminals arrested, 1.7 tons of marijuana and 8 kilos of cocaine seized; in addition to more than 50 weapons seized.
“Drug trafficking not only brings dangerous contraband into our communities, but it funds criminal organizations,” said the governor.
“One concern we have is how brazen and open drug cartels are becoming in trying to recruit people here in the state of Texas to help them in these crimes,” Abbott said, as he pointed out that organized crime recruits people through social media and pays $3,000 to anyone who smugles people into the United States and then delivers them to criminals at agreed-upon points.
“More drugs are coming into the country. If you can’t catch the people, you can’t catch the drugs,” Jaeson Jones, a former Texas Department of Public Safety captain, told The Epoch Times.