"they conspired to extort money from methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana traffickers operating in Hondo, Poteet and Pearsall through the collection of a 10 percent drug tax, also known as “the dime,”
So is the Federal Government now protecting the sale of illegal narcotics? I mean that's what it reads like doesn't it?
If we're doing this let's tax the dealers while we're at it too.
Authorities took a swing Tuesday at the Texas Mexican Mafia's operations in the outskirts of San Antonio, arresting several of its members on drug or firearm charges.
Nine Hondo-based members and associates of the group were arrested in a joint operation, announced U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy, FBI Special Agent in Charge Cory B. Nelson and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw.
The San Antonio-based gang originated in Texas prisons but has been weakened with at least four federal prosecutions that squeezed some of its street operations to surrounding communities.