In an operation similar to the recent bust of the Chosen Few motorcycle club, federal, state, and local police have conspired to paint the ancient Assyrian Chaldean community with the brush of criminality. El Cajon Police have identified this Christian Assyrian Chaldean social club as being affiliated with the “Chaldean Organized Crime Syndicate” based in Detroit.
This defamatory “perp-walking” of entire groups smacks of identifying all Italians as “Mafiosi” or Jews as “money lenders.” Law enforcement does this to garner support that they are indeed stepping on society’s “cockroaches.”
The Assyrian Chaldean community traces its history to at least to 3500 BC and converted to Christianity in the first few centuries, AD. Assyrian heritage, and the 1914-18 Assyrian Genocide has now been smeared with the broad brush, used so frequently, to defame entire groups. Certain groups that don’t have “Baptist,” “Presbyterian,” or “Episcopal” seldom are identified as criminal enterprises.
“Perp walking” in its metaphoric and literal senses is no less than self-aggrandizement by law enforcement agencies at the expense and the reputations of people or groups before they have have been convicted or had the legal process they are due.
Iraqi-Mexican Drug And Weapons Operation Busted In El Cajon, California By Feds
SAN DIEGO — Federal officials said Thursday they’ve taken down a drug and weapons trafficking ring involving members of a U.S. Iraqi community and a major Mexican drug cartel that was caught selling large amounts of drugs, guns and grenades.
Police in El Cajon said they’ve arrested more than 60 people in the takedown of the ring, whose members are suspected of being affiliated with the Chaldean Organized Crime Syndicate based in Detroit.
Smugglers were shipping drugs from El Cajon to Iraqis in Detroit, authorities said.
El Cajon and federal police say they have seized 18 pounds of methamphetamine, narcotics, cocaine and other drugs; more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana; $630,000 in cash; four IEDs; and more than 30 guns, including assault rifles.
In April, a Drug Enforcement Agency undercover agent was shown a hand grenade by an immigrant and was told additional grenades were available from a Mexican military source.
The cartel, Sinaloa, is Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who has become one of the world’s richest and most-wanted men since he escaped from a Mexican prison 10 years ago. There are signs the cartel also is expanding its trafficking of methamphetamine as the Mexican government has made major hits on rival gangs that traditionally dominated the synthetic drug trade.
William Sherman, acting special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s San Diego field division, said the Sinaloa cartel was supplying the drugs to the ring and the investigation resulted in the seizure of 3,500 pounds of marijuana from the cartel. The Iraqis were believed to be planning to distribute a portion of that load, Sherman said.
Officials said they believe the firearms and explosives were destined for the local market and not to supply Mexican traffickers across the border.
About half of the 60 arrested face federal charges and half face state charges. Officials said the investigation is ongoing and there could be more arrests.