Jaeson Jones explains why the danger posed by Mexican cartels has grown to a whole new level. Jaeson is a highly experienced border expert with a career spanning over 25 years. He has dedicated his life to protecting the U.S.’s southwest border and has served as a retired Captain from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Division. Throughout his career, Jones has supervised numerous Human Intelligence operations in multiple nations and has even led the longest 24/7 border operation in Texas history, known as Operation Secure Texas. This operation was a collaborative effort between the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas National Guard, and federal law enforcement agencies, showcasing Jones’ ability to work effectively with various organizations to achieve a common goal.
One of Jones’ most notable achievements is his involvement in investigations targeting Mexican cartels’ leadership. He has extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with these dangerous criminal organizations and has collaborated with the U.S. Intelligence community to save both Mexican and American lives threatened by cartel violence. Jones has also been recognized for his expertise in border security and has testified before the House Homeland Security Committee about the evolving threat of Mexican drug cartels, as shown in a 5-minute video posted on X.com. His insights and expertise have been crucial in understanding the dangers posed by these cartels and finding ways to combat their activities.
In addition to his impressive career accomplishments, Jones is also known for his dedication and passion for his work. He has a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges of border security and is committed to finding solutions to protect both the people of the United States and Mexico. Jones’ extensive experience, expertise, and dedication make him a highly respected and influential figure in the field of border security and an invaluable asset in the fight against Mexican drug cartels.
The following is an AI generated summary of the 10-minute video shown above, which was published by IRONCLAD’s YouTube Channel. The complete transcript is shown below the summary, unedited for grammar and spelling.
The Scope of the Cartel Problem
- Jaeson Jones emphasizes the need to focus on the cartels as the root of the problem.
- Issues such as drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and money laundering are just symptoms of the larger cartel issue.
- Simply targeting these symptoms without going after the cartels themselves will only lead to the beginning of the problem.
- Jaeson argues that the cartels are not just a U.S.-Mexico issue but a global one, as they operate in numerous countries.
- The cartel known as Cartel Jalisco New Generation is particularly highlighted as one of the most violent in Mexico.
“You’re just seeing the beginning because we are one economy of them… it’s not a US-Mexico issue like you’re always told in the news… Cartel Jalisco New Generation is in over 48 [countries] and they’re the most hyper-violent in Mexico.”
The Importance of Raising Awareness
- Jaeson believes that it is necessary to scare people in order to grab their attention and make them pay attention to the issue.
- There is a growing fentanyl problem in Northwestern Montana, which is affecting people’s lives.
- The source cities for the fentanyl are located on the west coast of the United States, with Tijuana serving as a transit point.
- Law enforcement officers in the area confirm the prevalence of accidental fentanyl overdoses.
- The porous Southern border makes it easier for fentanyl to enter the United States.
“I think we should be trying to scare people at this point because I don’t know what else is going to get them to pay attention… we have a large Mexican fentanyl problem up here… our source cities are on the west coast of the United States… coming up through Tijuana up the western coast… it’s easier for them, the porous Southern border.”
Cartel Involvement in Canada
- The discussion shifts to the fentanyl problem in Canada, particularly in areas close to the northernmost points of the United States.
- Canada’s policy allowing Mexican citizens to enter the country has contributed to the influx of fentanyl from the north.
- Jaeson mentions that Mexican citizens fly the drugs over the United States before bringing them south.
“You guys in the north, you’ve got a whole another problem that is that Canada allowed for Mexican citizens to come into Canada… they’re just flying it over the United States now and then bringing it South.”
Lack of Awareness on Cartels and Government Corruption
- Jaeson asserts that many Americans have a limited understanding of the cartels, often equating them solely with drug trafficking.
- They emphasize that the cartels have evolved into much more than criminal organizations, with their own enforcement wings and military-grade weaponry.
- Jaeson refers to the violence in Mexico as an insurgency, which began in 2006 during the Calderon Administration.
- The cartels’ utilization of military-grade weaponry obtained from corrupt armories in Central and South America is highlighted.
- Corruption within the highest levels of the Mexican government is also mentioned.
- Intelligence agencies in the United States are criticized for their failure to address the cartel issue and provide accurate information to the American people.
“What we didn’t realize though was how strong these cartels had become, how they had leveraged military-grade weaponry from Central and South America… how they were corrupting the highest levels of the Mexican Government… the United States intelligence agencies had failed tremendously… it’s become so political, they want you to think they’re still criminal cartels as they have gone so far beyond that.”
Cartels operating at a whole new level
- Over the past 10 months alone, authorities have apprehended people from 163 different countries.
- The coordination between state and non-state actors, including cartels, has reached a whole new level.
- From Long Haul Smugglers to alien smuggling organizations to the cartels, they now have access to networks that give them operational control over our border.
“All of the state and non-state actors that are now coordinating at a whole new level that these cartels didn’t have access to, that now they do.”
Challenges faced and the need to get tough
- We are facing a whole new set of challenges in dealing with cartels, but these challenges are not insurmountable.
- It is essential to acknowledge the perception of these cartel members who undergo intense training and fight for their survival every day.
- The intensity of their training and battles should not be underestimated.
- Getting tough is crucial in addressing the cartel menace effectively.
“They go through basic, intermediate, advanced training and they are fighting for survival every day… I mean, damn tough because these people are no joke.”
Violent conflicts and the fight for control
- Lieutenant Chris Aletres from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Public Information Office shared his experience of storming Fronton Island, which was being used by cartels as a sanctuary and a base for transferring illegal goods.
- The region that includes CDN (formerly known as the Zetas) and the Northeast cartel has been engaged in violent conflicts for the past two and a half years.
- The constant gunfire exchanges between these cartels have resulted in an increase in the use of armored vehicles.
- The cartels have learned that mobility is crucial for their survival and have started using custom-made armored packages in vehicles like F-150s.
“I just got off the phone with Lieutenant Chris Aletres from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Public Information Office… They’ve been receiving gunfire from 2:00 to 4:00 am every night… They’ve gone from first, second, third to fourth-generation armored vehicles because they’ve learned that mobility is life.”
Advanced capabilities and communications
- The cartels have advanced capabilities, especially in their communications.
- Their communication systems go beyond encryption; they have adopted network theories and technologies that are far more advanced.
- The extent of their capabilities within their communication networks is staggering and surpasses what the American people are being told.
“If you could see the level of capability they have within what they call the lifeblood of their organizations, which is their Communications, you’d be stunned… we are so far beyond that.”
Full Transcript Unedited for spelling and grammar
I will say it again and again if we do not focus on these cartels. Get ready, Get ready if we continue to attack the symptoms of everything you. I’ve talked about drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, money laundering, this adjustment from smuggling to the trafficking of people domestically. Yes, we have to challenge that. but if you don’t go after who the problem is which is these cartels and Crush their Labs. You’re just seeing the beginning because we are one economy of them, one it’s not a Us Mexico issue like you’re always told in the news by these so-called experts Who’ve never even debriefed a cartel member or know any damn thing about him. Calo is in 54 countries around the world, Cartel, Halisco, new generation is in over 48 and they’re the most hyper violent in Mexico. This will only get worse. and I’m not trying to scare everyone. I’m telling you as somebody that knows him very well and who has warned and warned and warned that this was coming. I think we should be trying to scare people at this point because I don’t know what else is going to get them to pay attention.
I mean I live in Northwestern Montana about 60 miles as the crow flies from the Canadian border and I’m friends with Young God’s Country? Yeah for sure, but we have a large Mexican Fentanyl problem up here. Our source cities are on the west coast of the United States um coming up, you know through Tijana up the western coast and I talked to my law enforcement buddies and we have a couple Source cities but the Fentanyl which is impacting people here it’s almost impossible now to encounter somebody who doesn’t at least know in their personal life or 1 to two to three degrees of separation of somebody who has had an accidental overdose of Fentanyl and I and I hear it from the law enforcement friends I have here 60 miles from Canada but that’s not where it’s coming from because it’s easier for them the the porous Southern border that I mean it’s touching the northernmost points of the United States and again I don’t know what it would take to get people to to pay attention and then take action. On top of that, maybe scaring him is the last thing that we have. It might be the last tool in our tool belt that we have.
You know you guys in the North, you’ve got a whole another problem that is that Canada allowed for Mexican citizens to to come into Canada and so as a result of that you’re seeing a lot of the Fentel coming from the north as well. So what they’re doing is they’re just flying it over the United States now and then bringing it South. That uh that’s one of the big problems but I look I couldn’t agree with you. I mean look people do need to be scared but they also need to be scared and really they need to have the information and tools to understand what’s really taking place. I just believe that to the core of who. I if people know what’s happening and how bad this is and what they’re really up against, let’s Be honest, most Americans think when I talk about the cartels I’m talking about a bunch of drug traffickers. Drug trafficking Today to the cartels is something they do. It is not what they are anymore. You know they have entire enforcement Wings. We watched them go in 2006 from organized crime. This is when the Calderon Administration began leveraging their military to go after them and we watched them go directly into an Insurgency.
You know I was dealing with 68 and 10 and 12 h hour gun battles involving everything from 50 caliber belt fed machine guns, 40 millimeter grenades, RPGs and light anti-tank weapons and Hand Grenades with these first generation armored vehicles and the whole country was looking to the Middle East and we’re watching Mexico erupt in violence and at the time everyone was screaming you never use your military domestically Um because we were looking at our how we operate here. What we didn’t realize though was how strong these cartels had become, how they had leveraged military-grade Weaponry from Central and South America through corrupt armories and how they were corrupting the highest levels of the Mexican Government. The United States Intelligence agencies had failed tremendously and so when you hear me say things like what we’re really witnessing in Mexico and at the Us Mexico border is the largest yesu intelligence failure since 911. This is why I’m saying it because then we fell right into terrorism in 2010 when the Zetas began conducting Mass executions. It wasn’t the first execution Mass execution of 72 migrants. Think of this for a second 72 migrants in San Fernando. For all your viewers that are watching right now, Google that, take a look at that. That’s just south of where I’m at, just south of Brownsville, Texas.
If you look at the 300 men, women and children of Alind Mexic who were killed by the Zetas massacred and then Gizo Gizo means where they cook them Now you hear a lot of them being cooked and acid that’s that yes that’s happened. but the real truth is they cut your head off your arms off, cut you at the joints, cut you at your knees, and then cook a cook you in a barrel with diesel, get it up really high in temperature and just cook you to Ash because they have a saying you can’t count a body that doesn’t exist. Look at the 50 plus people who died in Monterey at the casino attack all because they wouldn’t pay Miguel Trino who was the head of the Zetas at the time the piso of the tax. So we were living in that world of terrorism, they’ve gone far beyond that.
and then in 2015 when the President Metto at the time launched operation Halisco to go after Almeno who was the head of the organization of Cj& one of the fastest rising cartels and he literally shot their helicopters out of the sky once they came in over the Sieras. This is where we then went into a parallel government where we see them today. So the problem that we really have is Americans aren’t told the Homeland Security Enterprise you know we’ve become so focused on the left and we focused on the right. We haven’t looked at the massive amount of failures of the Homeland Security Enterprise. This is why we created Northcom after 911. This is why we created Dhs after 1. and yet they have told the American people nothing about what these cartels are really doing and mostly it’s become so political. They want you to think they’re still criminal cartels as they have gone so far beyond that. So you know from my standpoint I’m a big believer. Look, if we illuminate it, this is how we’re going to eliminate it and this is truly how we’re going to fix it and get the tools and authorities we need to fix it.
You know it’s interesting to hear you talk about these multi-hour gunfights with very modern weapons. I mean the things that you describe were exactly the same things that we were issued in the Us Military and I think people are so used to or conditioned to and it’s a terrible thing to be conditioned to seeing on the news, especially at the height of Iraq and Afghanistan hearing about battles like that. and it’s Oh it’s in a country across oceans, you know it it. I guess it Peaks your attention for a little bit depending on who you are. maybe you have a family member involved in that and you follow a little bit more closely. But what you’re talking about sounds like the same level of kinetic activity that we were encountering in Afghanistan and Iraq. but we’re just talking about one border south of the United States. If people don’t realize the cascading impacts of that and the impact that they could have on this country, man, you are not paying attention man. hats off to you. I mean that hats off to you And well said.
And now let’s compound that we just opened the borders, not to Us, Mexico, Central and South Mexico to the world. We’ve apprehended people from 163 different countries just the last 10 months alone in fiscal year 23. So think of that for a second. all of the state and non-state actors that are now coordinating at a whole new level that these cartels didn’t have access to. Now they do. From Long Haul Smugglers to the alien smuggling organizations to the cartels to the Hon Network which have operational control over our we are at A we are at a whole new level with network analysis Network theory that we ever were prior to 911 and then in the decade afterwards. So we have a whole new set of challenges. But with that being said, Don’t let anybody tell you for a second this Inf fixable but I will tell you this is going to have to get tough and I mean damn tough because these people are no joke. They go through basic intermediate Advanced Training and they are fighting for survival every day. I wish you could sit down with me and one of them and listen to them talk. The words they use are we are at home now That’s their perception. I don’t care what anybody says, their perception matters because they’re training every day. They’re engaged in battles every day.
I just got off the phone with Lieutenant Chris Aletes. You may be Amil with him. He’s the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Public Information officer and we stormed with the Texas Rangers last week on an island known as Fronton Island. It is Ground Zero for the most violent region on the Southwest border and it’s 170 acres and the reason we stormed that island is because we were taking it back from Cartel Down estate who was using it to move everything from improvised explosive devices, weapons, South guns South but also to use it as a sanctuary to move methamphetamine and Fentanyl in cocaine into the country. So we served with them as we’re getting ready to hit the island, shots are being fired on the Mike side Mexico side. I want to say Mike: So we launch drones, we get them up and we surge with their Srt and we take the island and then they hold it. What I’m going with is in this region: Cel de Gff and Cartel Dene formerly known as the Zetas now known as Cartel North of the Northe the Northeast Cartel. They have been at War for two and a half years there and since we took that Island.
The reason I’m bring up Chris Ales is because they’ve been receiving gunfire from 2:00 to 4 a.m. every night they’ve had rounds coming into the United States and I’m not shooting at anyone particular they’re shooting at each other. And the reason they’ve gone from first, second third to fourth generation armored vehicles is because they’ve learned that Mobility is life when we started. You may be familiar with the big monsters right? The real heavy ones. uh most of them were made at the time out of dump trucks, just big slabs of metal on them. Today they have slid in armor packages in F-150s so they just go take iPhone 50s from wherever they want some a lot of from Texas dve them down there. and then they slide in these custom made armor packages and the troop of troops of Hell uh known as the troops of Troopers Del Inferno Spanish is terrible there. Uh, that’s. the Enforcement wing for CDN. I mean these people are no joke. And if you could see the level of capability they have within what they call the lifeblood of their organizations which is their Communications, you’d be stunned. It’s not just in Crypto, we are so far beyond that. So I tell you those that story like that because the Cartels are operating at such a far level than what the American people are being told.