A first-of-its-kind headquarters has opened in Chicago for 70 federal agents, police and prosecutors to work side-by-side, year-round to fight drug traffickers — a set-up meant to end inter-agency rivalry and miscommunication that can hamper investigations.
The recent, fanfare-free opening of the Chicago Strike Force building comes as Mexican cartels now supply over 90 percent of the narcotics in Chicago, and as street gangs vying for turf to sell those drugs kill each other and bystanders caught in the crossfire….A major focus of their investigations will be the point of contact between major traffickers and local gangs, who serve as street-level salesmen. That’s when traffickers are especially vulnerable, Reilly says, because they meet at unfamiliar places or use phones that can be wiretapped.
The ultimate goal is to arrest suspects, squeeze them to cooperate and then move along the cartel’s chain of command to indict everyone from the street dealer to the kingpins in Mexico. They hope to replicate investigations like one that led to the 2009 indictment of key leaders of the Sinaloa cartel and the extradition of Sinaloa lieutenant Vicente Zambada, who’ll stand trial in Chicago this year.
What do you think, you think this ultra-expensive new building and framework (no mention in the article about price of all of this) will stop the illegal drug trade in America, and keep the Cartel soldiers out of this country?
How much longer will we continue to fight this losing war?