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April 19, 2021
Mexico Expert: Military Force Ineffective Against Cartels
Though Gov. Greg Abbott urged the Biden administration to classify Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, a better approach is for the U.S. to help root out corruption in Mexico, said nonresident fellow Gary Hale. Greater cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico's law enforcement — not military force against drug traffickers — is the best long-term solution for weakening cartels, he said. 
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September 15, 2016
Kidnapping near Nuevo Laredo linked to cartels

Presumed cartel gunmen kidnapped 15 people from a bus near the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Gary Hale, nonresident fellow in drug policy and Mexico studies, said the region has seen an uptick in violence as cartels ward off infiltration from rival organizations into their territory.

“Anybody who’s transiting, if they don’t look like normal passengers on the bus … they take them off, they interrogate them and they kill them, and you never see them again,” Hale said.

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