When Our Borders Aren’t Secure: Meth Distributor Sentenced In Chattanooga Has Cartel Roots

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Kelly M. Jackson] –

This past week, a federal court judge in Chattanooga sentenced Armando Mejia-Almazan to more than 24 years in prison.

This was after the 44-year-old plead guilty to those charges which included conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

What sets this conviction apart from your average drug related charges is the fact that the defendant in this case is a Mexican National. He has been deported before and then re-entered the country illegally to continue trafficking and selling drugs in the U.S. – specifically in Tennessee. 

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Almazan has been determined to have ties directly to the Sinaloa, and Jalisco New Generation Cartels, two of the worst cartels with respect to their violence and cruelty. Documents on the case indicate that Almazan also operated his trafficking business out of multiple Atlanta-based apartment complexes. 

Since 2021, when the policies regarding border security that had been put in place by President Donald Trump were removed, the number of criminal convictions  of all crimes, including drug related crimes, for non-citizens has quadrupled, according to US Customs and Border Protection statistics.

In fiscal year 2019 the number of Criminal non-citizen arrents was 4,269. In fiscal year 2020, the number was nearly half, at 2,438. In fiscal year 2021, just months after President trumps policies were reversed by the Biden administration, that number soared to 10,763, and reached even higher in fiscal year 2022 at 12,028. 

As the graphics embedded here show, criminal convictions that originate in the arrest of non-citizen offenders have continued to grow not just at a steady pace, but at a rather alarming number. And in the meanwhile, the Biden Administration instead focuses their energies on Ukraine, forcing vaccinations on a public that doesn’t want them, and enabling parents to physically mutilate their children in the name of “gender affirming care”. 

According to a recent report, almost half of all of the criminals prosecuted in federal courts in 2018 were illegal aliens, who were charged with crimes ranging from drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder. From October of 2020 to the same month of 2021, there were 1.7 million illegal border crossings, the highest number since the government began keeping records of such a thing in 1960. 


To demonstrate even the differences between the Obama Administration’s approach to border security versus that of the Trump Administration, according to an article by The Heritage Foundation, “From fiscal year 2012, when Obama was re-elected, to fiscal year 2018, the number of aliens prosecuted in the federal courts declined nine percent on average each year. But in the first year of the Trump administration (from 2017 to 2018), the number of prosecutions jumped by 12 percent.” 

The bottom-line seems to be that policies that tighten and secure the southern border directly correlate with lower rates of all crime across the board, as well as a fiscal reduction in costs to the American taxpayer. 

About the Author: Kelly Jackson is a recent escapee from corporate America, and a California refugee to Tennessee. Christ follower, Wife and Mom of three amazing teenagers. She has a BA in Comm from Point Loma Nazarene University, and has a background in law enforcement and human resources. Since the summer of 2020, she has spent any and all free time in the trenches with local grassroots orgs, including Mom’s for Liberty Williamson County and Tennessee Stands as a core member.  Outspoken advocate for parents rights, medical freedom, and individual liberty. Kelly can be reached at kelly@tennesseeconservativenews.com.

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