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Chicago Drug Task Force Targets Cartel 'Choke Points'

February 04, 2013  | 

Seventy federal agents, police officers, and prosecutors recently started working there in what authorities say is a first-of-its-kind drug-fighting headquarters.

It brings together the federal Drug Enforcement Administration; the FBI; the Internal Revenue Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration, and Customs Enforcement; the U.S. Marshals Service; Chicago and suburban police; and federal and state prosecutors.

Working together around the clock, the aim is to end agency rivalries and miscommunications that can hurt investigations, Chicago DEA boss Jack Riley says.

"We're going after the 'choke points,'" Riley says. "The point where the cartels and the street gangs intersect. Whether you're the Latin Kings or the Gangster Disciples, you've got to deal with the cartels—as far as we're concerned, it's all one big organization."

Read the full Chicago Sun-Times story.


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Larry @ 2/5/2013 11:40 AM

Glad to something being done, with the Federal Government and State Government taking money away its hard for police departments to keep heads above water. The public has no clue on whats really out there that we have to deal with.

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