Over the weekend I had some extra time on my hands. It was nice for a change. I was flipping through some channels trying to catch up on a favorite show. One of the stations was airing a program about drug cartels and how rampant they are in the United States.

This got me curious about how many of these cartels run right here in Texas. According to an article in The Center Square, the threat is state-wide and not isolated to certain communities. Be aware of these cartels that have roots in Texas. It's a gritty reality that can hit very close to home. Below is a breakdown to give you a clearer picture of the major players.

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First, it's important to note that Texas bordering Mexico makes that region a prime location for drug trafficking. These cartels are mainly based in Mexico but have extensive networks that reach into Texas.


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The Sinaloa Cartel

Operating as one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world, the Sinaloa Cartel has a major presence in Texas. Known for trafficking marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, they have a complex and extensive operation.

The Gulf Cartel

As one of the oldest Mexican drug cartels, the Gulf Cartel primarily operates in East Texas. They have a history of violent conflict with other cartels and law enforcement, but continue to be a major player in drug trafficking, especially cocaine and methamphetamine.

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Los Zetas

Formed by defectors from the Mexican Special Forces, Los Zetas are known for some violent tactics. They run in many parts of Texas and are involved in drug trafficking, kidnapping, and extortion. Their cut-throat approach has made them one of the most dangerous and feared cartels.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG)

A fairly new but rapidly growing cartel, CJNG is known for its massive expansion and confrontations with both its rivals and the state. They touch into Texas, particularly in trafficking methamphetamine and fentanyl.

While this gives you a snapshot of the major drug cartels in Texas, the situation always evolves. The fight against drug trafficking is ongoing, with both successes and setbacks. Staying informed and supporting legal efforts are ways we can help contribute to the battle against these dangerous organizations. Stay safe and aware out there.

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