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Tag: Joseph Arabit

New DEA Head of Houston Division Brings Plethora of Border Experience

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Joseph Arabit, the new head of the Houston Division of the DEA, arrives with a plethora of border experience that authorities hope will help crack down on drug cartel activity between the Texas-Mexico border, KHOU.com reports.

Arabit previously was in charge of the DEA office in El Paso at a time of intense activity from rival drug cartels crossing the border into the U.S.

“The murder rate in Juarez started to climb in 2008,” said Arabit recalling his first few months as special-agent-in-charge in El Paso.

Despite the violence across the border of El Paso, the U.S. city remained relatively safe because of Arabit’s actions to work with local, state and other federal agencies to clamp down.

“Once we had those individuals identified we did all that we could to link them to a U.S. crime they had committed in the past and then took it a step further,” Arabit said.

Member of Juarez Drug Cartel in Mexico Extradited to U.S.

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A suspected member of the violent Juarez Drug Cartel in Mexico has been extradited to the states, the DEA in El Paso said.

Felipe DOMINGUEZ-Vargas was extradited on Aug. 10 and made his initial appearance on drug charges in U.S. District Court in El Paso on Monday, according to Joseph M. Arabit, of the El Paso DEA. He waived his right to a detention hearing.

DOMINGUEZ faces six counts of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana, the DEA said. He was first arrested by Mexican authorities in November 2009.