Powerful prison gangs have long been involved with Mexican drug cartels.

The Crime and Consequences Blog reports on the increased heroin smuggling by the cartels and its connection to illegal immigrants from Mexico.

An excerpt.

Flood of Illegals Fueling Heroin Epidemic: A heroin epidemic is sweeping the country causing widespread suffering, crime and death, and it is largely fueled by the flood of illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. through the southern border, where  most heroin is smuggled into the country. Ethan Barton of the Daily Caller reports that according to president of the Laredo, Texas, chapter of the National Border Patrol Council, Hector Garza, “every single illegal alien that comes into the country goes through the hands of a drug cartel,” regardless of whether or not they want help, and are often given a backpack filled with heroin before they cross into the U.S. Given the well-documented link between drug trafficking and human smuggling/trafficking, border officials agree that increased manpower and up-to-date technology is needed to secure the border, which would then stifle the flood of drugs and illegal immigrants.

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