Kansas City fact check . . .

It has been documented by local law enforcement agencies for YEARS that the Kansas City area has served as a hub for the cartels. 

And we're not just talking about urban core . . . Here's a not-so-long-ago passage from a law enforcement press release noting a Mexican drug connection in Overland Park . . .

"According to court documents, a co-defendant, 66, of Overland Park, was in direct contact with Mexico-based heroin and methamphetamine suppliers who worked through Kansas City-based associates. Defendants in the case worked with the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico to establish stash houses, build hidden compartments in load vehicles, receive black tar heroin, sell it to Kansas City-area customers for cash, and deposit or transfer the illicit funds in bank accounts or through wire transfer businesses. The Overland Park resident received multi-ounce levels of black tar heroin from his suppliers, which he and other conspirators repackaged into ounce and gram levels for distribution."

Reality check . . . 


And so . . . 

In this next phase of the the pandemic, a 'cultural shift' that includes drug decriminalization efforts, a spike in addiction and FEWER POLICE threatens to bolster growing cartel influence locally.

Close news watchers can already identify the trend and notice a growing international "diversity" when it comes to names of local murder victims. 

Meanwhile . . . 

This humble blog only serves to remind Kansas City that "nature abhors a vacuum" and so many arguments against strong border protections and police threaten to expose residents of this town to far more brutal forces.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news links . . .

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