Patt Morrison for October 19, 2010

Meet the new neighbors: Mexican drug cartels expanding into the U.S.

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Drug tunnel found at border

Mexican drug cartels have been active in the United States for some time, suspected to have carried out hits against competing drug dealers and also in a string of home invasion robberies in border towns like El Paso. But the indictments filed by federal authorities against 43 people in San Diego is eye opening to a vastly expanded Mexican cartel presence in the U.S., complete with franchising, store fronts and partnerships with Latino street gangs. Will we see the likes of Juarez here in California as Mexican drug cartels push to increase their U.S. presence?

Guests:

David Shirk, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego. He is the principal investigator for the Trans-Border Institute's "Justice in Mexico Project," a bi-national research initiative focused on criminal justice and the rule of law in Mexico.

Michael Braun, former director of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency; currently a consultant & officer in security consulting firm Spectre Group International


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