EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Investigators say Mexican drug traffickers are increasingly turning to U.S. prison gangs when they need drugs distributed or someone killed or kidnapped in the U.S.
A former member of the Barrio Azteca gang tied to Mexico's Juarez cartel says prison gangs take care of the dirty work the cartels don't want to do.
In return, the cartels give inmates discounted drugs, prison commissary money to food and personal items and logistical support for criminal operations.
Retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent Robert Walker says gang members outfox authorities because they have 24 hours a day to devise ways to defeat guards working eight- to 10-hour shifts. Also, he says, gang members serving life sentences have little to lose if they're caught.