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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Cartel Takedown: My Counterterrorism Magazine Piece On The DEA-Led Operation Python
My piece on the DEA-led Operation Python cartel takedown appears in the current issue of Counterterrorism magazine.
You can read the piece below:
On March 11th, the U.S. Justice Department and the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the results of Project Python, a
DEA-led interagency operation encompassing all global investigations and
related disruption activities targeting the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación
According to the
Justice Department, the announcement marked the successful conclusion of six
months of investigative and enforcement activity targeting the cartel, which
resulted in more than 600 arrests, 350 indictments, as well as significant
seizures of money and drugs.
“Project Python marks
the most comprehensive action to date in the Department of Justice’s campaign
to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately destroy CJNG,” said Assistant Attorney
General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Criminal Division. “When President Trump
signed an Executive Order prioritizing the dismantlement of transnational
criminal organizations, the Department of Justice answered the call and took
direct aim at CJNG. We deemed CJNG as one of the highest-priority transnational
organized crime threats we face.”
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