The Obama administration has expanded its role in Mexico's fight against organized crime by allowing the Mexican police to stage cross-border drug raids from inside the U.S., reports the New York Times. Mexican commandos have traveled to the U.S., assembled, and dispatched helicopter missions back across the border aimed at suspected drug traffickers.
The Drug Enforcement Administration provides logistical support on the U.S. side of the border, arranging staging areas and sharing intelligence that helps guide Mexico's decisions about targets and tactics. The so-called boomerang operations were intended to evade the surveillance and corrupting influences of criminal organizations that monitor the movements of security forces inside Mexico. Although the operations remain rare, they are part of a broadening U.S. campaign aimed at blunting the power of Mexican cartels that have built criminal networks spanning the world and have started a wave of violence that has left more than 35,000 people dead.