A new DEA map shows where cartels have influence in the US. Cartel operatives say ‘it’s bulls—.’

  • A DEA report on drugs and drug trafficking details what the agency calls cartel influence in the US.
  • Security experts and cartel operatives in Mexico dispute the DEA’s depiction.
  • They say the links are more tenuous than how the DEA describes them.

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — The US Drug Enforcement Administration recently released its annual National Drug Threat Assessment, in which it maps out the states where Mexican drug cartels have gained “influence.”

When they were asked about that depiction of cartel presence in the US, security experts and cartel sources told Insider “it’s bulls—.”

The DEA’s report said Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) “maintain great influence” in most US states, with the Sinaloa cartel and the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación showing the “biggest signs of expansion.”

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Chinese money-laundering rings in Chicago, New York cleaning Mexican drug cartel cash

They’ve used complex schemes to disguise millions in drug proceeds, making them seem to be legitimate transactions, according to law enforcement sources and court files.

A Chinese money-launderer was about to pick up Mexican drug-cartel cash in Chicago, federal authorities say, when his plans suddenly changed.

They say the suspected launderer got a call from a man he thought was a Mexican money courier who told him they needed to change their meeting place because he’d spotted a cop.

“You Asian, I’m Mexican — not a good look,” the courier said in the 2017 phone call, court records show.

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Little Rock Police Scramble To Identify Suspected Serial Killer After Multiple Stabbings

Arkansas authorities are asking the public for assistance in identifying a possible serial killer who they say is behind multiple stabbings that have occurred in Little Rock since August.

Detectives in Arkansas are investigating the identity of a possible serial killer behind a series of late-night slashings in Little Rock in recent months. 

Since August, four people have been stabbed in the early morning hours on the city’s west side. Three victims have died after being attacked. 

On Aug. 24, Larry McChristian, 64, was stabbed to death at 2200 South Gaines Street, KATV reported. Nearly a month later, Jeff Welch, 62, was fatally stabbed at 4218 W. 12th St. Police said he had puncture wounds to his neck. The third knife attack unfolded on April 11, when a 43-year-old woman sustained more than a dozen stab wounds after she was attacked at 1906 S. Pulaski Street. She survived the attack, according to investigators. The next day, the body of a homeless man was found on Wright Avenue, according to police.

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Former Mafia capo has doubts about CT gambling expansion

Connecticut leaders announced late last month they’d reached a deal with members of the state’s tribal nations that would allow both online gambling and sports betting.

But one former member of the New York mob who’s said he had a hand in rigging sports betting on Wednesday suggested expanding the state’s gambling options might not be such a good idea

“Look, you know I’ve always been against legalized gambling, online especially,” said Michael Franzese, who was the keynote speaker for a virtual discussion hosted by the center for sports integrity at the University of New Haven.

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FBI psychiatrist in Capital Gazette murder case offers preview of prosecution’s case

Before, during and after the horrific murders, the Capital Gazette shooter left behind a series of clues about his motivation and his mental state, the prosecution’s psychiatric expert testified Friday.

The man who killed Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters harbored a grudge against the news organization for years before planning the attack and choosing a time, Dr. Gregory Saathoff said.

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