Seventy people were arrested in a drug sting in DC this week, and media outlets (though not the DC police news release) are calling it a blow to La Familia. More than 200 people were arrested in Arizona, an operation that the DEA and the media alike are hailing as a shot against Chapo Guzmán and company. I wonder what proportion of these two groups are Mexican citizens; I'm guessing it's not high. I also wonder if these types of reports, which are common, stem from a genuine lack of understanding of how a supply chain works or if it's just cynical horn-tooting.
As always, the emblematic case of this faulty logic is that of Otis Rich.