Mexican Cartels Target Atlanta

Mexican drug cartels are turning the US city of Atlanta into a major trafficking hub, according to law enforcement officials. In FY2008, police seized $70 million in drug money in Atlanta, the highest amount in the country. So far this year, $30 million has already been seized, far higher than the $19 million seized in Los Angeles and the $18 million in Chicago. The region has become the main distribution center for the drug cartels in their entire eastern United States operations.

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One million gang members in the United States

A report published by the US Justice Department found that there are as many as one million gang members in the United States, belonging to as many as 20,000 gangs. These gangs and gang members are responsible for up to 80 percent of crime in the communities where they operate. These crimes range from drug trafficking, human smuggling, arms trafficking, and various other activities.

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