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Drug Traffickers and Gangs Unite

La Opinin, Posted: Jun 02, 2008

LOS ANGELES Mexican drug cartels are extending their reach across California through gangs, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), reports Spanish-language La Opinin. Also, while cartels battle each other and the Mexican government, various gangs are buying drugs directly from foreign producers in places like Peru, Afghanistan, Belize and Bolivia, officials say. A report two years ago by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) revealed that U.S. gang members were recruited by drug cartels. With their connections, the gangs could become mafias of their own, the agency warned. The Mexican army reports that in the last three weeks, at least 28 criminals and drug traffickers arrested there were members of U.S. gangs, including "Las Aztecas" and the "maras." If the war in Iraq is a battle against terrorism, then California has a great war of its own, says California State Attorney General Edmund Brown. He promises that corruption will not allow traffickers to influence state security forces as has happened in Mexico.

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