Every Iowa Sheriff Is Being Asked To Report On Cartel Crimes

Iowa — Each of Iowa’s 99 county sheriffs is being asked to report on what local crimes they’re seeing that may be tied to international cartels, from illegal drugs to human trafficking.

US Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s sending letters to every Iowa sheriff, asking for their input.

Cartel-driven crimes are “soaring” in the U-S, according to Grassley, but he says the local impact often remains unclear because there isn’t comprehensive data.

With Interstates 35 and 80, Grassley says Iowa is at an intersection of major smuggling routes, and Iowa law enforcement officers monitor those routes every day. Grassley, a Republican, blames Democrats for the situation.

Grassley also blames the US Drug Enforcement Administration for repeatedly stonewalling requests for records and hampering congressional oversight.



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