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Mexican Drug Cartels In The U.S.

The presence of Mexican drug cartels in U.S. cities is expanding. Mexican cartels have long had links to marijuana-growing farms in California, and are widening their reach into the Pacific Northwest and the Eastern United States. They also are involved in producing methamphetamines in the United States. The FBI has reported that the Mexican cartels deal only in wholesale distribution in the U.S. -- and farm out street sales to various U.S. gangs. This map shows locations of cartel activity in the United States.

 
 

Click on the state names in the list below to see which cities and towns have cartel presence.

Alabama

  • Albertville
  • Birmingham
  • Decatur
  • Dothan
  • Huntsville
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery

Alaska

  • Anchorage

Arizona

  • Douglas
  • Glendale
  • Naco
  • Nogales
  • Peoria
  • Phoenix
  • Sasabe
  • Sierra Vista

Arkansas

  • Fort Smith
  • Little Rock

California

  • Alameda
  • Calexico
  • Chula Vista
  • El Centro
  • Elk Grove
  • Escondido
  • Fresno
  • Garden Grove
  • Hacienda Heights
  • Hayward
  • Los Angeles
  • Oakland
  • Oceanside
  • Oxnard
  • Perris
  • Porterville
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Ana
  • Stockton
  • Temecula
  • Tulare
  • Westminster
  • Yuma

Colorado

  • Aurora
  • Colorado Springs
  • Denver
  • Fort Collins
  • Greeley
  • Pueblo

Connecticut

  • Hartford

Florida

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Jacksonville
  • Lakeland
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Tampa

Georgia

  • Atlanta

Hawaii

  • Hilo
  • Honolulu
  • Kona

Idaho

  • Boise
  • Caldwell
  • Idaho Falls
  • Nampa
  • Pocatello
  • Twin Falls

Illinois

  • Chicago
  • East St. Louis
  • Joliet

Indiana

  • Fort Wayne
  • Gary
  • Indianapolis

Iowa

  • Des Moines

Kansas

  • Kansas City
  • Liberal
  • Wichita

Kentucky

  • Lexington
  • Louisville

Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge
  • Lafayette
  • New Orleans
  • Shreveport

Maryland

  • Baltimore
  • Greenbelt

Massachusetts

  • Boston
  • Fitchburg

Michigan

  • Detroit
  • Kalamazoo

Minnesota

  • Minneapolis
  • St. Cloud

Mississippi

  • Hattiesburg
  • Jackson

Missouri

  • Kansas City

Montana

  • Billings
  • Helena

Nebraska

  • Omaha

Nevada

  • Carson
  • Las Vegas
  • Reno

New Hampshire

  • Greenville

New Jersey

  • Atlantic City
  • Camden
  • Newark

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque
  • Columbus
  • Deming
  • Las Cruces

New York

  • Albany
  • Buffalo
  • New York

North Carolina

  • Burlington
  • Charlotte
  • Durham
  • Greensboro
  • Hendersonville
  • Raleigh
  • Wilson
  • Winston-Salem

Ohio

  • Akron
  • Canton
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Dayton
  • Hamilton
  • Toledo
  • Youngstown

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma City
  • Ponca City
  • Tulsa

Oregon

  • Eugene
  • Medford
  • Portland
  • Roseburg
  • Salem

Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh

Rhode Island

  • Providence

South Carolina

  • Charleston
  • Florence
  • Greenville
  • Myrtle Beach

South Dakota

  • Sioux Falls

Tennessee

  • Knoxville
  • Memphis
  • Nashville

Texas

  • Alpine
  • Amarillo
  • Beaumont
  • Big Spring
  • Brownsville
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas
  • Del Rio
  • Edinburg
  • Eagle Pass
  • El Paso
  • Fabens
  • Fort Hancock
  • Fort Stockton
  • Fort Worth
  • Hidalgo
  • Houston
  • Laredo
  • Lubbock
  • McAllen
  • Midland
  • Midway
  • Odessa
  • Pecos
  • Presidio
  • Rio Grande City
  • Roma
  • San Antonio
  • Tyler
  • Waco

Utah

  • Ogden
  • Olathe
  • Provo
  • Salt Lake City
  • St . George

Virginia

  • Arlington
  • Galax
  • Richmond

Washington

  • Auburn
  • Bellingham
  • Centralia
  • Ephrata
  • Everett
  • Federal Way
  • Ferndale
  • Goldendale
  • Milton
  • Monroe
  • Olympia
  • Port Angeles
  • Renton
  • Richland
  • Seattle
  • Selah
  • Shelton
  • Spokane
  • Sultan
  • Sunnyside
  • Tacoma
  • Toppenish
  • Vancouver
  • Yakima

Wisconsin

  • Milwaukee
  • Sheboygan

Wyoming

  • Casper
  • Cheyenne
  • Rock Springs

Sources: Federal, state, and local law enforcement reporting January 1, 2006 through April 8, 2008.

Credits: Design by Lindsay Powell/NPR

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