Mexico Drug Cartel Threatens Violence In U.S.


The reputed head of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel is threatening a more aggressive stance against competitors and law enforcement north of the border, instructing associates to use deadly force if needed, to protect contested trafficking operations, reports the Los Angeles Times. Such a move by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s most-wanted fugitive, would mark a turn from the cartel’s previous position of avoiding violent U.S. confrontations.

Police and federal agents in Arizona received at least two law enforcement alerts focused on Guzman’s reported orders that his smugglers should “use their weapons to defend their loads at all costs.” He is thought to have delivered the message personally in early March, during a three-day gathering of his associates a few miles south of the Arizona border. The meeting is one of several signs that Guzman is becoming more brazen even in the face of both a Mexican government crackdown on his activities and rivalries with other traffickers.

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