When drug trade started to take a dip in 2008, the Mexican cartels continued to expand their operation to other lucrative markets. Now they have taken complete control of counterfeiting goods in Mexico, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"It was never something the cartels wanted to get involved (in)," said Oscar Hagelsieb, an assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso, Texas. "They saw the money they were making -- illicit funds.."
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has intelligence on all drug cartel organizations participating in the black market; however they have seen the most activity among the Los Zetas and Sinaloa Cartel, according to Hagelsieb.
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