Ask a Cop: El Chapo and International Jurisdiction


Dear Cop,


El Chapo escaping is now old news, but it still makes me wonder about how federal agencies operate in the way of nabbing international perps. I’ve heard of FBI agents working in bases in Germany in an effort to stop terrorist plots against the USA, but it’s to my understanding that the FBI is mainly a domestic policing organization, whereas the CIA is supposed to gather information internationally. To a certain extent, it would seem that El Chapo is a type of terrorist whose doings affect American citizens to what seems to be a pretty large degree. Where are the lines drawn with regard to this situation and the different American federal policing bodies? Would it be within the power of the FBI or CIA to apprehend a key drug kingpin internationally? Or, since it’s a drug-related matter, does that duty fall to the DEA, and does the DEA have any jurisdiction to operate internationally? What limits does American law enforcement face when a figure like El Chapo—whose sustained arrest would likely benefit American society—is at large in another country/moving country to country? And are you SURE that it’s illegal if I do it myself? I’ve worked up the courage.


Dog The Bounty Hunter


Dear Dog,


The DEA and FBI have no jurisdiction overseas. However, that’s never stopped them from doing what needs to be done and, at times, bringing vile pieces of shit to justice.


The FBI and DEA have legal attaché offices all over the world. Agents work terrorism, drugs, money laundering, human trafficking and a lot more, and they do so by assisting nations’ law enforcement agencies. Any actual enforcement, aided by the CIA, is highly classified.


Understand that the first and second times El Chapo was arrested was only because of the DEA. The next time he’s caught—although I doubt he’ll be alive—will be because of the DEA. Also, know that a 300-percent increase recently in overdose deaths in the U.S. and increasing drug violence (ask Chicago about that) is because of a terrorist group known as the Sinaloa Cartel.


Worse than El Chapo is a man named Rafael Caro Quintero. The DEA will likely get him first, as he’s the bigger prize, but so far, the DEA and FBI desire to follow the rule of law in pursing these turds. If the American public knew the magnitude of death and destruction these drug lords have wrought on our children and families, then maybe we’d actually fight a drug war.


There’s a legendary quote from El Chapo when confronted with the paltry money generated from Mexican marijuana trafficking. He said, “Just like tobacco and alcohol, it’s a means to an end.” I don’t know if it’s true, but the drug trafficking organizations used marijuana as a gateway to crack in the ’80s, and they’re using it now as a welcome sign to harder drugs like heroin in the 21st Century (along with doctors pushing pills).


If you get El Chapo, the U.S. Government’s reward is $5 million. The Mexican government will give you another $3.8 million. So, why wouldn’t you go get him? After all, you are Dog the Bounty Hunter.




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