President Donald Trump beefs up ‘drug war’ against cartels, accuses them of exploiting COVID-19 crisis

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President Donald Trump beefs up ‘drug war’ against cartels, accuses them of exploiting COVID-19 crisis

El_Bujo
Source: https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/president-donald-trump-beefs-up-drug-war-against-cartels-accuses-them-of-exploiting-covid-19-crisis.html

My Notes: Trump passed a new initiative with the help of the DoD, DEA, and 22 other counties to further strengthen the anti-narcotics operations across the border. For the first time, the military (US Navy) is threatening the operations of the cartels. More importantly, Trump seems to going after the Maduro administration in Venezuela and BIG time..

 President Donald Trump beefs up ‘drug war’ against cartels, accuses them of exploiting COVID-19 crisis

The U.S. is sending warships, aircraft and security forces to the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean Sea to enhance surveillance and anti-narcotics operations in a move the Trump administration says will cut off the flow of drugs at a time when cartels are attempting to exploit the COVID-19 outbreak.

“There’s a growing threat that cartels and terrorists try to exploit the situation for their own gain,” President Donald Trump told reporters in a news briefing Wednesday evening. “We will never let that happen.”

The president announced that 22 nations had joined the U.S. in launching the counteroffensive against cartels, “doubling our capabilities in the region” to block the “deadly scourge of narcotics.”

Trump noted that cartels continued to try to bring in drugs at a time when the government is largely focused on the coronavirus outbreak.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the Navy will deploy destroyers and other combat ships, while the Air Force will send more P-8 patrol planes to the region. The U.S. will also send members of the Security Force Assistance Brigade to aid the effort.

Attorney General Bill Barr said that “for years, the Mexican cartels have been using these sea routes on both coasts, it’s become the primary means of bringing cocaine to the U.S. The cartels have to be defeated, for the people of this country, Mexico and Venezuela.”

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Ricky Churches
.... and Venezuela. If I was a betting man, I'd bet the US will be bombing Venezuela in the next few months.
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El_Bujo
Maybe not literally, but they will rain down on them with sanctions and naval aggression up the yin yang. Curious to see which country Maduro runs off to, once his regime is toppled.

It will be a tough battle, the entire military is literally a Cartel in itself...

https://www.insightcrime.org/venezuela-organized-crime-news/cartel-de-los-soles-profile/

 The term “Cartel of the Suns” (Cartel de los Soles) is used to describe shadowy groups inside Venezuela’s military that traffic cocaine. It is in some ways a misleading term, as it creates the impression that there is a hierarchical group, made up primarily of military officials, that sets the price of cocaine inside the country. There are cells within the main branches of the military — the army, navy, air force, and National Guard, from the lowest to the highest levels — that essentially function as drug trafficking organizations.
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blanco puro
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Saying that they are going after drug cartels is how they will go after Venezuela because they've been labelled as a DTO!
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Kab
I have never heard of a cartel led by Maduro.  Classic cover up for war preparation imo.  I wonder how China and Russia are going to react.
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Southerngirl
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Yep. As I said before, the US government was going to get Maduro out of the way one way or another. Since he didn't go peacefully, suddenly an indictment that could put him away for awhile if caught is charged.