Friday, July 22, 2011

Deliriously Massive Arrest

The Department of Justice is trumpeting a massive blow to La Familia in the US:
Approximately 1,985 individuals have been arrested on narcotics-related charges as part of a 20-month multi-agency law enforcement investigation known as “Project Delirium,” which targeted the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, the Department of Justice announced today.

As part of an ongoing takedown that began June 1, 2011, 221 individuals have been arrested across the United States as part of Project Delirium, including more than 70 individuals apprehended yesterday and today. In addition, $770,499 in U.S. currency, 635 pounds of methamphetamine, 118 kilograms of cocaine and 24 pounds of heroin were seized by law enforcement agents since June 1, 2011.

As always in these cases, they don't say what proportion of this group is American, or offer any other indication that they are anything more than American gangsters who happen to buy their stuff from La Familia. I wish more reporters would call them out on this sleight of hand.

Also, I love "approximately 1,985". That's like saying I weigh roughly 163 pounds and six and a half ounces. Roughly.

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