WASHINGTON – North Carolina Congresswoman Sue Myrick warned Friday that Hezbollah may be colluding with drug cartels on the US-Mexican border, and called on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to investigate the matter.
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Fox News reported Myrick is arguing that the Lebanese militia would soon begin threatening the US as it does Israel.
"It is vital we know what is happening on our border, especially as crime and violence continue to rise there and as terrorist plots and threats are increasing inside the US," she wrote.
Hezbollah has been known for years to operate drug trafficking rings in South America, especially on the Brazil-Argentina-Paraguay border, but recently claims have been surfacing that it has stepped into the Mexican drug trade as well.
Myrick said Hezbollah's drug agents undergo Spanish language lessons sponsored by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, after which they disguise themselves as Mexican civilians in order to obtain false US entry passes.
She added that the group has experience with tunnel-digging, which may put the US-Mexican border at risk for further infiltration.
The congresswoman, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said members of drug cartels imprisoned in South America have been spotted lately tattooing Persian writing on their bodies, evidence of Iranian involvement.
"Persian influence that can likely be traced back to Iran and its proxy army, Hezbollah," she said.
In her appeal to Napolitano, Myrick quoted a senior Mexican army official who says Hezbollah agents may even be training cartel members to make bombs. "This might lead to Israel-like car bombings of Mexican/USA border personnel or National Guard units," she said.