'La Familia' Targeted in Largest Drug Cartel Strike

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It's being called the largest single strike on a Mexican drug cartel in the U.S.

More than 300 people across 14 states have been arrested in the past two days -- alleged members of La Familia, or "the family."

CBN News has been following this group that uses faith to recruit members.

Operation Coronado targeted La Familia -- Mexico's newest and most violent drug cartel.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced local, state and federal officers joined together for the largest single effort against a drug cartel operating on U.S. soil.

"This operation has dealt a significant blow to La Familia's supply chain of illegal drugs, weapons and cash flowing between Mexico and the United States," Holder said.

In all, more than 3,000 law enforcement officials were involved in the operation that has apprehended nearly 2,000 people.

More than $32 million in U.S. currency and more than 2,700 pounds of methamphetamines have been seized.

CBN News has traveled to Michoacan, Mexico, and U.S.border areas to expose the cult-like doctrine used by La Familia.

The cartel says it is doling out divine justice when it kills.

Cartel leaders use their own version of faith and religion to clean up and justify their crimes, but also to promote group identity and recruit new members.

Police gave CBN News a document seized from a cartel leader. In it, he explained his beliefs with these phrases saying:

"Is in your heart where the grace of God lays?" and, "such is my pain that I don't want to exist anymore, I pray to God for strength."

Attorney General Holder didn't mention La Familia's distorted use of religion to justify its crimes. He did suggest combating La Familia took a united effort.

"La Familia demonstrated an incredible level of sophistication and ruthlessness. To combat this violent criminal enterprise, we must be coordinated at all levels of law enforcement. That coordinated approach is what today's takedown is all about."

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Gary Lane

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