Mexico’s drug violence has been creeping northward into the US for the past several years, and officials now say that cartel-related crime has hit 195 American cities spanning every state except Vermont and West Virginia, the Los Angeles Times reports. Atlanta has emerged as a trafficking hub, but the kidnappings, deaths, and related violence have spread from Honolulu to Boston.
Many cities are plagued by the presence of more than one of Mexico’s four major cartels, and authorities say it’s unclear why certain areas have been targeted. “It could be one of them may know someone in one part of the country,” one official said. The DEA has also told Congress the cartels “are starting to show the hallmarks of organized crime.”