ICE participated in an investigation involving firearms and cocaine trafficking that resulted in the arrest of eleven people in Fairfax County and the Manassas area, most of whom were foreign nationals from Mexico. Sounds a whole lot like the Mexican drug cartels have set up shop in Virginia, as this isn’t the first time we have been alerted to the problem.
According to court documents, the men are allegedly part of a trafficking ring largely operating out of Manassas and Fairfax County.
The ring supplies large quantities of cocaine to street-level dealers, the court documents state.
Law enforcement officers purchased or seized more than three kilograms of cocaine during this particular investigation, part of “Operation Bull Run.”
In addition to the drugs, officers purchased or seized are more than 20 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition during this phase of the investigation.
Members of the conspiracy are natives of several countries. Most of the conspirators are illegally present in the United States from Mexico, McBride said.
Many of the alleged members are part of or affiliated with street gangs, such as La Raza, SUR 13, and 18th Street, according to court documents.
Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County, the ball is in your court. Mexican drug cartels are building turf in your communities, and it’s up to you to do something about it. You can wait for crimes to happen and then send investigators to clean up the mess and try to find the murders, gang-bangers and human traffickers after the fact, or you can choose to do something proactive. Reducing the number of illegal aliens unlawfully present here who constitute the pool these cartel members swim in is a good start, as the lawlessness of that segment of the population only encourages more, and more dangerous lawlessness.
It’s also clearly time for the General Assembly to start working on this problem in earnest. For the past four years, legislators like Chuck Colgan have been helping to block any effort at the state level to address this problem, with Colgan even going as far as to actually deny that illegal aliens exist in Prince William County. They have a choice to stand either with the law abiding citizens of Virginia, or with La Raza, SUR 13, the 18th Street gang, and Mexican drug cartels and they better be pretty darned clear to their constituents this session about what their choice is.
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