The Gulf cartel`s muscle is pumped up by the Zetas, Mexican military personnel who went private.
Authorities fear that the growing border violence has moved up the I-35 corridor to Dallas, whose major roadways and airports make it among the most important drug distribution points in the country, drug authorities say. In early June, a federal task force arrested more than three dozen people, most of them in Dallas, in a major drug bust that officials said involved Mexican drug cartels.
Phil Jordan, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who has worked in Texas and Florida, said drug traffickers have come to see Dallas as a prime hub for moving into drug-starved cities in the rest of the country.
"Dallas is the new Miami for transiting drugs," said Mr. Jordan, former head of the DEA`s El Paso Intelligence Center, which studies the drug trade. "Drug traffickers kill for I-35."
The Zetas, as they are known, originally were trained in the U.S. by Army special forces to battle drug lords back in Mexico. But a small group broke away from the Mexican military in 2001 for more lucrative jobs as Gulf cartel enforcers.
In fact, the Zetas constitute a serious escalation in the level of crime brought to America by open borders. ["Cartel enforcers operate in Dallas"]
"U.S. law enforcement have reported bounties offered by Los Zetas of between $30,000 and $50,000 for the killing of Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement officers," the bulletin said. "If a Zeta kills an American law enforcement officer and can successfully make it back to Mexico, his stature within the organization will be increased dramatically." [...]
Officials on both sides of the border know of special training camps in the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Michoacan, where newly recruited Zetas take intensive six-week training courses in weapons, tactics and intelligence gathering.