Mexico: Dangerous Ties Between Drug Cartels and Iran
A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands near the border fence between the United States and Mexico in Nogales, Arizona. The U.S. government has spent billions of dollars constructing border defenses in the last decade, but Arizona's border is less protected than the border with California and Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images)
December 21, 2011
| Security
| The Americas
The indictments in the United States of a Mexican drug cartel member with ties to Hezbollah reveal a growing partnership between the drug cartels, Iran and Hezbollah that poses significant security threats to the United States.The U.S. Justice Department last week charged a Hezbollah financier with smuggling cocaine into the United States and laundering money for Mexican drug cartels. This comes on the heels of Iranian agents in Mexico plotting to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, as well as the Mexican government’s recent revelation that it had foiled a plot to smuggle former Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffi’s son Saadi into Mexico after his father was killed in Libya. The recent incidents show an increase of terrorist related activity and connections in Mexico, a trend that will continue to increase.
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