Mexican Raid Underscores Importance of Counterdrug Training
The five National Guard counterdrug programs operating across the country play a critical role in our nation’s fight against illicit drugs flowing into this country. By training law enforcement and members of the military in a wide range of drug related topics they are better prepared to meet this ongoing threat to their communities. Without the National Guard’s counterdrug program’s support of training initiatives that reach from small, rural departments, to agencies along our southern and northern borders, as well as large metropolitan police departments, the resources that Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) have at their disposal can quickly overwhelm law enforcement’s efforts to stop drug trafficking.
The sheer magnitude of the problem however does not always get the public attention necessary to put this growing crisis into perspective. In 2007, Mexico, with assistance from the United States, conducted a raid on the home of the head of just one of the major Drug Trafficking Organization in the outskirts of Mexico City. What they found astonished law enforcement officials here and in Mexico.
Mexican law enforcement standing guard over a small
of the money confiscated during this raid.
A large and deadly assortment of weapons
were also found in the home.
$22 million dollars in confiscated cash,
just part of the money found during the raid.
More cash stored in the house.
This cabinet contained only $100 dollar bills.
1.5 million dollars located in a single suitcase.
18 plastic bins filled with $100 dollar bills
were also located in the home.
Stacks of even more $100 dollar bills
Columbian, Mexican, and Chinese currency worth
millions in US dollars were also discovered. The total
amount of money seized during this raid topped $205 million dollars.