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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Big drug bust. AP doesn't mention ICE

Michael Balsamo of the Associated Press reported, "Nearly two dozen people were arrested Wednesday and charged with using small aircraft to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine over the U.S. border at the behest of one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels, authorities said."

This was a pretty big deal in Los Angeles with 22 people arrested. They worked with the Sinaloa cartel.

"The groups, which received the drugs from the cartel in northern Mexico, would then stash them in soup cans, inside hidden compartments in cars and used small aircraft — though authorities wouldn't say whether they were manned or drones — to transport the drugs over the border, officials said," AP reported.

Tracy Wilkison, the first assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, told a press conference, "More than seizing the drugs and the money, this investigation was able to identify the top level Mexico-based traffickers who directed the transactions and who thought they were using secure communications to commit the crimes."

Almost a ton of meth and nearly a ton of cocaine were among the drugs seized.

AP reported, "Once the drugs were brought into the U.S., they would be stored in stash houses in the Los Angeles area, said Paul Delacourt, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's field office in Los Angeles. The drugs were sold in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere in the U.S., prosecutors said."

But modern journalism isn't about what you report; it is about what you leave out.

And AP left out the ICE.

But other news organizations did list ICE among those agencies that worked on the bust.

From KTLA: "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, IRS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Department of Homeland Security as well as several local law enforcement agencies were involved in the raids Wednesday."

No ICE because that would remind people that ICE does more than deport illegal aliens, which is the real reason Democrats now demand the abolition of this agency.


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  1. ICE and MS-13 are not allowed in AP stories.

  2. Even when they give you facts they are presented in a manner calculated to lie.

  3. AP is in competition with CNN for the "Fake News" title. Since they have been involved longer in lying to the public they feel it rightly belongs to them. CNN has only been lying fro a decade or so, AP has been doming it since inception.

    1. It has been much longer than a decade:

  4. Fake news has been around for a long time but it took Trump to come along and label it. He's been a game changer in more ways than one.