More than 730 people have been arrested across the U.S. in a 21-month investigation targeting Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, reports the Los Angeles Times. The arrests, incliuding 50 yesterday in California, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., came amid growing concern in Washington that Mexican crime organizations are out of control and threaten the stability of parts of Mexico and the safety of U.S. citizens. The Pentagon is looking into a larger role in bolstering counter-narcotics efforts. Adm. Dennis C. Blair, director of national intelligence, told Congress that the corruptive influence and increasing violence of the cartels had undermined the Mexican government’s ability to govern parts of its country.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., in his first news conference, cited the seizure of more than $59 million in illegal drug proceeds and large amounts of narcotics, including more than 24,000 pounds of cocaine, 1,200 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.3 million ecstasy pills.