Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

Friday, February 27, 2009

Attorney General Holder Announces Sweeping Drug Arrests

I think this video speaks for itself and is of some importance, especially considering the recent travel warnings about Mexico issued by the government and warnings against Mexico by US Universities and colleges.

This is a GOOD thing.

For those of you who are video impaired or on dial-up, here is more information.

Federal agents have arrested 751 suspects in a wide-ranging crackdown on Mexican drug cartels, including 52 members of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel. The raids occurred in both Mexico and the USA on the nights of Feb. 24 and 25. According to AG Eric Holder, the cartel members were arrested as part of an "international narcotics trafficking and money-laundering investigation called Operation Accelerator" that took place over a period of 21 months.

In addition to the arrests, the operation has led to the seizure of $59 million in cash, 12,000 kilos (12 tonnes) of cocaine, 544 kilos (1,200 pounds) of methamphetamine and 1.3 million Ecstasy pills.

According to a story by the AFP:
The operation not only took out cartel operatives in larger US cities such as New York and Los Angeles, but in smaller towns like Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Brockton, Massachusetts.

Over the course of a few years, Leonhart said, the northeastern Ohio town of Stow, a relatively sleepy urban region of 35,000 residents, became a hotspot for international drug runners.

"Just underneath the surface of this peaceful city, the Sinaloa cartel had been sending cocaine through this community's local airport," she revealed.

You can get the whole story here.

Meanwhile, it looks like Rocky Point will have a pretty good Spring Break crowd in spite of the warnings, which is as it should be since Rocky Point is still a pretty safe destination. The usual caveats apply of course: Don't leave your brain at the border and don't forget you're in a foreign country where US laws don't apply...