The increasingly sophisticated criminal enterprises of the Mexican drug cartels in the New York City area has resulted in more and more hours eaten up by federal law enforcement agents investigating the street criminals working for those operations.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement went from spending 13,472 hours in 2009 to more than 30,000 hours last year, reports the New York Daily News.

The feds are also seizing record amounts of firearms and cash. In 2009, the feds seized more than $35 million and 57 firearms.

Read the full story at NYDailyNews.com.

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