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Mexico, US team up to create special force to combat organized crime

Mexico City, Mexico — After meeting for two days in the city of Chicago, the governments of Mexico and the United States agreed to implement new mechanisms to combat drug cartels on both sides of the border.

Central to this action is attacking the financial structures of the organizations and establishing a joint research team based in Chicago, to identify new leaders of organized crime.

Anthony Williams, chief of operations of the DEA, said in a joint press conference with Mexican officials that the key to the fight against the cartels is to attack their finances because “their sole purpose is money.”

He warned that Mexico continues as the main route of distribution of cocaine to the United States and is an important supply source of heroin and methamphetamines, generated by an increase in addicts in the US.

Head of La Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) Alerto Elías Beltrán, said that with the agreements in these meetings they emphasize “concrete strategies” to attack the financial structures of the criminal groups.

“It was emphasized that the actions include forceful measures in all the value chains of organized crime in order to have a comprehensive strategy that weakens all the points of these groups based on more effective and immediate actions,” he said.

“I note that proof of these actions is the publication of the reward of 30 million peso that is being offered to anyone leading to the location and arrest of Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho, who is presumed responsible for organized crimes among others.”

He also said that they intend to give extensive cooperation at all levels to stop the flow of arms into Mexico.

The authorities of Mexico and the United States acknowledged the work of Mexico to fight the main organized crime groups, including actions taken toward the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG), one of the most prominent cartels in the country.

According to the PGR, both countries have agreed that the meetings be continual as part of their binational relationship in an attempt to deal with organized crime.

At a press conference, DEA, Brian M. McKnight said with a new “special group” composed of elements of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Police of Mexico, both countries will fight the financial infrastructure of the Mexican cartels.

“We have implemented innovative action plans to solve this problem,” he noted.