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The connections between criminal enterprises, such as powerful drug cartels, and terrorist organizations have become a serious concern for intelligence agencies monitoring the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Based upon the information provided by the DEA handling agent, the DEA has classified the source as credible,” stated a Department of Homeland Security document, regarding the attack on Fort Huachuca. “The identity of the sub-source has been established, however none of the information provided by the sub-source in the past has been corroborated.”

The FBI advisory stated that the “sub-source” for the information “is a member of the Zetas,” the military strong-arm of one of Mexicos most dangerous drug trafficking organizations — the Gulf Cartel. The Gulf Cartel controls the movement of narcotics from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, into the U.S. along the Laredo corridor.

However, the sub-source “for this information is of unknown reliability,” the FBI advisory stated.

According the DEA, the sub-source identified Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel as the drug lords who would assist the terrorists in their plot.

This led to DEA to caution the FBI that its information may be a Gulf cartel plant to bring the U.S. military in against its main rival. The Sinaloa and Gulf cartels have fought bloody battles along the border for control of shipping routes into the U.S.

“It doesnt mean that there isnt truth to some of what this source delivered to U.S. agents,” said one law enforcement intelligence agent, under condition of anonymity. “The cartels have no loyalty to any nation or person. It isnt surprising that for the right price they would assist terrorists, knowingly or unknowingly.”

In May, after more than a year of being under surveillance by the FBI, six foreign-born Muslim men were arrested and charged with plotting an attack on Fort Dix Army Base in New Jersey. They were planning on killing as many soldiers as possible in an armed assault with high-powered weapons, according to the FBI.