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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.”
Paul Davis is a writer who covers crime. He has written extensively about organized crime, street crime, sex crime, cyber crime, drug crime, white collar crime, crime fiction, crime prevention, espionage and terrorism. His 'On Crime' column appears weekly in the Washington Times. He is also a regular contributor to Counterterrorism magazine. His work has also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and other newspapers, magazines and online publications. His crime fiction has appeared in online crime magazines. As a writer, he has attended police academy training, gone out on patrol with police officers, accompanied detectives as they worked cases, accompanied narcotics officers on drug raids, observed criminal court proceedings and visited jails and prisons. He has covered street riots, mob wars and murder investigations. Paul Davis' online "Crime Beat" column offers his long-form Q&As with cops, crooks and crime writers. Paul Davis has been a student of crime since he was a 12-year-old aspiring writer growing up in South Philadelphia. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17 in 1970 and served on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. He also served two years on the Navy harbor tugboat USS Saugus at the U.S. floating nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch, Scotland. Following his Navy service, he performed security work as a Defense Department civilian and worked part-time as a freelance writer. He was also a producer and on-air host of the radio program Inside Government for 14 years. He became a full-time writer in 2007. Paul Davis' On Crime and Crime Beat columns, his crime fiction and his magazine and newspaper pieces can be read on this website. His full bio can be read by clicking on the above photo.