Mexican Drug Cartels Affecting Fort Wayne?

By Eric Clabaugh

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 25, 2009 at 5:48 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind (Indiana's NewsCenter)-We've heard numerous stories recently about Mexican drug cartels and the escalating violence issues both in Mexico and in the US. But could the problems stretch as far as Fort Wayne? They have and Fort Wayne is on a new Justice Department list as 1 of 230-cities in the United States where Mexican cartels and their affiliates "maintain drug distribution networks or supply drugs to distributors." And Fort Wayne's not alone. Other cities on the list, Indianapolis, Dayton, Toledo, Kalamazoo and Chicago.

Eight cartels are identified as contributing to the growing problem. Recently, these cartels have waged increasingly violent battles with one another and those battles are making their way onto U.S. soil. Officials say cartel members are now targeting their own, distributors and dealers. They mostly cite money issues but there have been instances where cartel members have targeted the wrong family and innocent people have been killed.

The violence has remained in southern states near the border but the cartel's drug distribution reaches as far as Canada.

Officials plan to stop this growing problem with new enhanced security measures including improved equipment that will better detect weapons and drugs carried across the border, more collaboration with Mexican Law Enforcement and more federal agents working with border patrol officials.

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