Conservatives have warned that open borders would lead to drugs and other illegal activity taking place within the United States, and a recent discovery in East Texas proved that we were right.
The efforts to take down the Los Zetas narcotic business began nearly two years ago under Operation Joint Venture — a collaboration between the Smith County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The 15 marijuana cultivation sites spanned at least nine counties in the eastern region of the state, including Smith, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
During the investigation, authorities identified Eduardo Ramirez Pineda as the leader of the Los Zetas marijuana business, and Benito Ramirez as the leader’s right hand man.
An arrest warrant was issued for Pineda, Ramirez and 11 other members of the drug cartel for their suspected role in the narcotic operation in Texas. Most of those allegedly involved were identified as Mexican nationals.
Three of the suspects were arrested this week, which also led to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detaining several other individuals for violating immigration laws.
The DEA’s formula for estimating the amount of marijuana seized showed that the Los Zetas plants would have produced about 169,400 pounds of marijuana, which would be worth about $600 per pound, according to the San Antonio Express-News. That would make the haul worth more than $101.6 million.
This is exactly why President Donald Trump has been cracking down on illegal immigration and “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal aliens. It’s not because we don’t want immigrants in our country; we just don’t want immigrants who are here to grow and sell $100 million worth of drugs on our streets.
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