The Gulf Cartel made $38 million smuggling illegal aliens during last year’s immigration surge, taking advantage of the situation to smuggle tons of drugs with little intervention by authorities. The quantification of the cartel’s involvement was made in a report by the top law enforcement agency in Texas.

As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) had prepared the report to inform lawmakers about the border surge, the potential for terrorists, and the funding needs of the agency. The report had initially been leaked by the Houston Chronicle; however that publication mainly focused on the cost of having an increased number of troopers in South Texas instead of the scores of criminal activities listed in it.

According to the assessment made by DPS, “nearly all illegal aliens who have illegally entered the United States made use of alien smuggling organizations (ASOs), nearly all of which are associated with Mexican cartels.”

During the summer of 2014, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens entered the country through the Rio Grande Valley quickly overwhelming the detention capabilities of the Department of Homeland Security. As a response to the increase numbers, illegal aliens from countries other than Mexico were detained temporarily and then released with a notice to appear in court for immigration procedures, a measure that was used by human smugglers as an incentive.

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