The recent arrest of 23 Mexican cartel operatives in New Mexico and West Texas is prime example of newly empowered local and federal law enforcement officials whose attitude reflects that of the Trump administration, some lawmen say.
The 16-month investigation targeted members of the Sinaloa Cartel, once headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is currently in jail awaiting trial in Brooklyn Federal Court. Guzman once ran a major heroin and methamphetamine operation throughout the southwest.
Five additional suspects were also charged and remain at large. Some are suspected to have returned to Mexico.
The arrests underscore the tough stance law enforcement officials are now taking when dealing with Mexican drug cartels and street gangs. …