News Release

June 10, 2013

In Case You Missed It: DFW Considered Command and Control Center for Mexican Drug Cartels

AUSTIN – An article published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Saturday underlines the dangerous trend of cartel activity in U.S. cities, specifically the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area. According to the article, state and federal law enforcement officials confirm that DFW has become an essential hub for cartel activity, including moving drugs and people across the country.

Regarding the article and the threat of Mexican cartels, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said:

“Violent and ruthless Mexican cartels remain a constant danger to Texas and beyond. They are considered the most significant organized crime threat to the state. Six of the eight cartels currently have command and control networks operating in the state, moving drugs and people into the U.S., and transporting cash, weapons and stolen vehicles back to Mexico. Their growing ties to established gangs in Texas increase the reach of their criminal activities. Obstructing the ability of Mexican drug organizations to affect the public safety of Texas citizens remains a top priority for the Department, and we will continue working with our local, state and federal partners to that end.” 

To view the full article, please visit http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/06/08/4921705/dfw-is-now-a-command-and-control.html#.

For more information about the threat cartels pose to Texas, please see the 2013 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/media_and_communications/threatOverview.pdf.

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