A massive crime ring run by illegal aliens in North Carolina was recently busted by law enforcement officials. Those involved were reportedly caught trying to purchase a large amount of the illicit substance from a source in Mexico and subsequently charged with conspiring to traffic cocaine.
According to reports, government officials partnered with police officers to arrest a total of six illegal immigrants involved in the acquisition and distribution of “kilogram quantities” of cocaine. Specifically, after receiving a tip that the group of six were planning to buy several kilos of the illegal drug, the Winston-Salem Police Department worked with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to arrest everyone involved. The Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives also helped in the case.
Those taken into custody were, Maximino Sandoval-Penaloza, Ricardo Noyola-Medina, Oscar Milian-Banos, Luis Calleja-Perez, Jasen Checo, and Doralee Moctezuma-Marcial. Currently, all of them are being held in the Forsyth County Jail. Sandoval-Penaloza and Noyola-Medina were given a $1.5 million bail. The others had their bail set at $1 million, including Checo, who also faces charges of ”fleeing to elude arrest” and “careless/reckless driving” for trying to run away from police at the time of his arrest. Since all of the suspects are living in the country illegally, they’ll most likely be charged with immigration violations as well.
Other charges are expected to follow. This is because, during their investigation, officers discovered three pistols, including one that had been stolen, an AR-15, a bullet proof vest, $60,000 cash, and three cars, a 2005 Acura, a 2005 Toyota Scion, and a 2012 Mercedes, suggesting that the suspects were heavily involved in criminal activity.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time illegal aliens have been arrested for trafficking cocaine in North Carolina. Several months ago, Jose Humberto Espinoza-Eguia and his partner, Abel Vega Alcantar, were arrested after selling an undercover officer a small amount of cocaine. According to the police, they were planning on selling the undercover agent 28-200 grams at a later date.
Illegal immigrants who commit additional crimes after sneaking into the country underscore the need to enforce our country’s immigration laws and the importance of a secure border. While it may be true that only some illegal immigrants break the law, those who do ruin it for everyone else. Because of this, anyone caught living here illegally needs to be removed. Doing so will also help reduce crimes committed by illegal aliens. This is because, with fewer illegal immigrants living in the country, there will likely be fewer crimes committed by them.
Many on the left, however, fail to understand the harm associated with illegal immigration. As a consequence, they establish “sanctuary cities.” These cities are run by people determined to protect undocumented aliens. Specifically, they refuse to enforce federal immigration laws, which jeopardizes the safety and security of everyone in the city.
Thankfully, Jeff Sessions, the current United States Attorney General (AG), understands the dangers associated with illegal immigration, and more specifically, sanctuary cities. “So-called sanctuary policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” reasoned Sessions. “These policies also encourage illegal immigration and even human trafficking by perpetuating the lie that in certain cities, illegal aliens can live outside the law,” he continued, adding, “we must encourage these ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions to change their policies and partner with federal law enforcement to remove criminals.”
In an attempt to put an end to sanctuary cities, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that they will only be giving federal grants to “cities and states that comply with federal law, allow federal immigration access to detention facilities, and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities.” Doing so makes it clear that disobeying federal law comes with consequences.
Although illegal immigration continues to be a problem in our country, hopefully, the DOJ’s new approach can help. Putting an end to sanctuary cities will likely result in more dangerous criminals being deported, which would make America a safer country for all.