Alaska AG Treg Taylor joins letter asking Biden to label Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations

Sign at Organ Pipe National Monument, near the US and Mexico border, warns visitors to be aware of drug cartels and illegal immigration in the area

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares is leading a coalition of 21 states, including Alaska, that are calling on President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to designate drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations under federal law. Doing so will free up resources to confront the deadly opioid crisis with the seriousness it deserves.

The opioid crisis has affected every state, county, city, town, and community in the United States, the group of top law officers said. Last year, more than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses—and synthetic opioids like fentanyl were responsible for more than half of those deaths.

In the letter sent Feb. 8, the attorneys general say that the federal government knows precisely how the drugs are entering the country. Cartels like the Sinaloa cartel and Cartel Jalisco New Generation import raw materials from China, use them to produce deadly synthetic opioids at low cost, and traffic those poisons across the southwestern border and into American communities.

Between October 2021 and June 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 8,425 pounds of fentanyl smuggled into the United States.

“These cartels are doing much more than just smuggling poison into the United States. They are assassinating rivals and government officials, ambushing and killing Americans at the border, and engaging in an armed insurgency against the Mexican Government,” the law officers said.

Last year, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott designated two cartels — Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel — as foreign terrorist organizations, and asked the federal government to do the same. He asked the president that illicit fentanyl be designated a weapon of mass destruction. But in his State of the Union address, the president all but ignored the crisis at the border with Mexico and the flood of fentanyl coming over the border.

Federally designating major cartels as foreign terrorist organizations would give state and federal law enforcement agencies increased authority to freeze cartel assets, deny entry to cartel members, and allow prosecutors to pursue stricter punishments against those who provide them material support, the attorneys general wrote in their letter to the president.

Attorney General Miyares was joined by his counterparts in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

Read the letter at this link.


  1. Biden is making too much money to hinder the cartels. Plus they are one of his main suppliers of his illegal invasion.

    He won’t do a damn thing

  2. I identify as a hardcore conservative, but I sometimes worry that all of this stuff is just a big stunt.

    Treg seems to do more work on Outside issues, than issues actually in Alaska.

    Are they just pandering to all of us by trying to rile us up about national issues?

    Maybe the attorney general should attend to the state’s many actual legal problems, like all the problems with foster care.

  3. Wow I bet that really will keep the drugs and crime out of this country. What a great idea another statement from government that is worth less than the paper it’s written on. If Biden put the same energy into this as he does for climate change and stopping the first and second amendments that would be more sensible.

  4. They are terrorists. Under a new president we will hit these scumbags with drone strikes- right where they live.

  5. What is the source of all this Fentanyl? If you answered CHINA you are right!

    A New York Times story a couple of years back noted that China has over 160,000 Fentanyl labs pumping out the stuff. Evidently the Chi-Coms are using a page from the Old British Empire play book, that being subjugation of a foreign nation through the introduction of an addictive and debilitating drug upon their population, ( opium was the drug used by the Brits). In defense of the British, their intention of pushing opium was only to right a massive trade imbalance it had with a mercantile China. Last I looked this isn’t the case with China vs the US today.

    I submit that this flooding of our borders with Fentanyl by the CHI-COMS is but one prong of a de facto attack upon America. The Chinese understand very well how this works, the British taught them a valuable lesson. Now they are doing it to you. Go ahead and chase after the Chi-Com errand boys, these Mexican Cartels, but at some point realize who is behind the curtain, pulling levers and pushing Fentanyl.

    • Robert Schenker said: “I submit that this flooding of our borders with Fentanyl by the CHI-COMS is but one prong of a de facto attack upon America.”

      Friendly amendment: Fentanyl is an attack on the US with a chemical munition, you know, a WMD.

      Predict that the next president gives the cartels an ultimatum that they will ignore and roll them up like Trump rolled up ISIS over the course of a year or two. Note that the cartels can and will respond in kind, so things will get ugly for a while. But the death toll here in the US from fentanyl is already around 100,000/year, so it can’t get a lot worse. Collateral damage from doing this will be a shutdown of the migrant wave into the southern US, yet another money making operation for the cartels.

      Also predict we will go after whoever is in charge of its manufacture in China. We know who he is. We know where he is. He will disappear and we will send the CCP a bill. Cheers –

  6. Good idea to list the cartels as terrorist organizations, as they have become that. But if we had good border security like we had before sleepy joe, we wouldn’t have the need to place that designation on them

  7. Fifteen or better years ago down on interstate 8 in Arizona out between Eloy to the Gila Bend area, they put signs up along the highway stating to not stop or hike in the area of the highway because of dangerous human traffic. These signs were a good 80-100 plus miles inside the US. Basically the US peoples public lands in that area are dangerous for the US public to use, because our country has allowed the cartels, Mexican mafia, and such to take them over for their route to the phoenix area. I do believe there was some sort of Mexican mafia death threatening officials in Tempe back then too, probably still are. Obviously the whole thing has never been cleaned up.

    A friend that lived south of Wilcox on the other side of that state, down by the dragoon mountains could see from his place the lights/lanterns trails of the people coming across at night as they walked single file through the mountains. Instead of always carrying while on his place for bear and such, he carried all the time because you didn’t know who might show up at your place.

    • AND he would fit right in with his kids! ‘

  8. I couldn’t go camping when living in Arizona. The drug runners come in squad sized groups, armed with M-16s, and kill anyone they encounter in the desert. That includes multiple law enforcement officers. This will never be stopped because too many banks make millions laundrying the drug money, and too many politicians are getting paid off, IMO. It will take somebody more honest than Trump to stop this.

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