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California Desert Towns Struggle To Survive As Violent, Illegal Drug Cartels Take Over

Mexican drug cartels operating illegal marijuana farms are taking over the Southern California desert with gang violence and Americans are fleeing.


“Cartelville, USA” is a new documentary produced by The Daily Caller and Jorge Ventura that investigates rural Southern California desert towns overrun by Mexican drug and human trafficking cartels. Ventura joins Christopher Bedford and Emily Jashinsky to discuss the film on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour.

Ventura describes the environmental problems these towns face as cartels steal water for their illegal marijuana farms, as well as the migrant slave labor and violence that comes with cartel turf wars.

“We are starting to see these cartels shoot at American citizens … the homicide rate is climbing up. They’re finding bodies that are shot and killed connected to this illegal marijuana growth,” Ventura said.

Listen to the full interview here: