With the lack of jobs plaguing the United States, disproportionately hurting returning warriors from the war on terrorism, Mexican drug gangs are allegedly hiring American servicemen as enforcers for their criminal enterprises, a number of narcotic enforcement officials in the U.S. told FoxNews.com and Law Enforcement Examiner on Thursday.
According to former New York State Bureau of Narcotics officer, George Kubisty, Mexican drug lords are paying out hefty salaries to skilled U.S. military members in order to battle rival gangs and the Mexican police or military.
Kubisty, who has worked on special operations in Central and South American countries claims that the drug cartels are eager to hire these battle-hardened Americans to “gain the edge” over the most dangerous and deadly cartels on both sides of the border — Los Zetas.
As has been reported in Examiner news stories, Los Zetas originally began as a group of Mexican army deserters — some actually trained as special forces by the United States — who worked as “muscle” for the Sinaloa Cartel, at the time the most powerful of all the Mexican organized crime gangs.
Eventually, Los Zetas multiplied and gained strength and went into the drug business for themselves, according to Examiner reports.
Ironically, there were reports during the Iraq invasion that some soldiers had joined the Army, National Guard and the Marines in order to gain training and combat experience for their civilian jobs: gang members in U.S. cities.
According to a July 10, 2006 column written by this writer and appearing in Alan Keyes’ Internet-based Renew America:
“Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said that neo-Nazi groups like the National Alliance, whose founder, William Pierce, wrote ‘The Turner Diaries,’ the novel that was the inspiration and blueprint for Timothy J. McVeigh’s bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, sought to enroll followers in the Army to get training for a race war.
“The groups are being abetted, the report said, by pressure on recruiters, particularly for the Army, to meet quotas that are more difficult to reach because of the growing unpopularity of the war.
“And the gangs are not only white supremacists: The Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings and Vice Lords were born decades ago in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. Now, their gang graffiti was showing up 6,400 miles away in one of the world’s most dangerous neighborhoods — Iraq.
“The graffiti, captured on film by an Army Reservist and provided to the Chicago Sun-Times, highlights increasing gang activity in the Army in the United States and overseas, some experts say.
“I have identified 320 soldiers as gang members from April 2002 to present,” said Scott Barfield, a Defense Department gang detective at Fort Lewis in Washington state. “I think that’s the tip of the iceberg.”
The National Gang Intelligence Center headquartered in Washington’s FBI Building in the past voiced complaints that gang members were infiltrating the U.S. Armed Forces because of access to high-powered weapons and proper training on how to effectively use those weapons. An added bonus is that returning gang members once discharged can then provide training to their respective street gangs.
As of April 2011, the NGIC identified about 50 gangs whose members have served in U.S. military, according to George Kubisty, a narcotics enforcement expert.
Army officials have sought to address the issue of gang and cartel influence within their ranks with tighter recruiting standards. A spokesman told FoxNews.com that current recruiting efforts are much more stringent than even four years ago, and that anyone sporting a gang-related tattoo is no longer accepted for enlistment.