Ohio House Urges Feds To Designate Mexican Drug Cartels Foreign Terrorist Organization

Thursday, June 6, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Jennie Taer via SaraCarter.com,
Wed, 06/05/2019

The Mexican cartels are exploiting a widespread opioid epidemic that’s killing nearly 130 Americans each day and Ohio, like other states, is at the epicenter of their deadly supply of narcotics.

The state is taking steps to fight back.

The point was stressed during a hearing last week with the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee, which is considering the passage of concurrent House Resolution Bill 10 to urge the federal government to designate several of the Mexican drug cartels Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Currently, the drug cartels are classified as transnational criminal organizations. It would still have to seek passage of the full Ohio House legislature.

House Resolution 10:

RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 133rd General Assembly of the State of Ohio, respectfully urge the federal government to designate the drug cartels operating from Mexico as foreign terrorist organizations, so that the government may use appropriate means to mitigate and eventually eliminate the operations of the cartels;

In Ohio and across the country families and communities have been ripped apart, while the major Mexican drug cartels like Sinaloa and Jalisco Nueva Generacion have been amassing billions of dollars off of the death and addiction of Americans.

“The Mexican drug cartels don’t fly planes into buildings, but they aggressively ship poison into our communities, ” Heidi Riggs explained to the Ohio House Criminal Justice committee last week. Riggs, a mother who lost her daughter Marin to Heroin addiction is now an advocate fighting the epidemic. Tragically, Marin died just two weeks after her twentieth birthday from a heroin overdose. Marin fought long and hard to beat her addiction, but the drug took ultimate control and claimed her life as collateral damage of a greater problem.

Riggs testified alongside investigative reporter Sara A. Carter and former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Derek Maltz, who has spent his career battling the cartels and terrorist organizations.

Maltz passionately delivered his message to the committee.

“Bottom line is the state of Ohio is inundated with crime, drugs, violence fueled by the Mexican drug cartels,” he said.

“The cartels are taking advantage of these people that are addicted. If you want to declare a group a terrorist organization just look at the State Department’s website: they must be a foreign organization. Check. The organization must engage in terrorism. Check. The organization, or terrorist activity, must threaten the U.S. security or national security. Check. Long overdue designation in Washington but they’re asleep.”

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