U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, citing unnamed former intelligence officials, says Hezbollah militants are helping drug cartels in their efforts to dig larger tunnels across the U.S.-Mexico border.
"For their expertise, Hezbollah could be receiving a cut of the drug money," Myrick says in a letter to Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano.
Myrick, a Charlotte Republican, has asked Napolitano to step up investigations of terrorists who might be operating on the border, Washington correspondent Barbara Barrett reports today. Myrick, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, wants Napolitano to convene a task force on the presence of Hezbollah in Mexico.
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Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler said Tuesday in a prepared statement that the agency will respond directly to Myrick about her request.“At this time, DHS does not have any credible information on terrorist groups operating along the Southwest border,” he said.
In her letter, Myrick writes that former intelligence officials "have pointed to the terrain that makes up our border, especially in the San Diego border sector, as a reason why drug cartels have been partnering with Hezbollah. This terrain is very much like the areas around Israel's borders. As we well know, Hezbollah is extremely skilled in the construction of tunnels."
- Doug Miller