According to recent news reports, Mexican Cartels have been flooding the state of Montana with fentanyl, methamphetamine, and other drugs. Is South Dakota next on its list? Or maybe, it's already underway?

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According to NBC News, Mexican Drug Cartels have infiltrated South Dakota's western neighbor, Montana. If you're wondering why they are targeting Montana, of all places, you're not alone. Here's what the article has to say:

Illegal drugs have long flowed from Mexico to the more remote parts of the U.S. But with the rise of fentanyl, cartel associates have pushed more aggressively into Montana, where pills can be sold for 20 times the price they get in urban centers closer to the border, state and federal law enforcement officials said. Some areas of the state have become awash with drugs, particularly its Indian reservations, where tribal leaders say crime and overdoses are surging.

-NBC News Website

The article goes on to say that drug runners from Mexico have developed close relationships with Native American women in these Reservations, to institute a base in which to operate.

Could the same thing happen here in South Dakota? Well, the Mount Rushmore State has many of the same situations as Montana, so it would seem likely that the Cartels would target our state next if they haven't already.

It would also be prudent to pay attention to the inroads Montana has made to fight the cartels and to learn from it. The state has made several arrests, including a recent arrest of a high-ranking cartel member.

To learn more about how the Mexican Cartels are targeting the state of Montana, check out the article from NBC News here.

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