The images of weapons stockpiles and drug-cartel mayhem may not be coming from Mexican and southern U.S. border cities much longer, according to experts who say the continuing criminal enterprises are moving north, and already have reached both Middle America and the nation's northern perimeter.
"We've gone from a few weapons to body armor, grenades, automatic weapons, enough weapons to equip a small army. They're operating with well-operated supply lines that are bringing in weapons and drugs," he said.
"They're using our highways to get drugs from the U.S.-Mexican border throughout the United States. One of the largest meth labs ever busted in the United States was in a suburb of Atlanta and run by a one of the bigger Mexican cartels," she added.
"I believe another incident happened in 2009 in a well-to-do Alabama county where a sheriff came across five dead bodies. This is in a place where they may find five bodies in a year, but he found those in one day in this tiny, little Alabama town and it was because of Mexican drug activity," she said.
"Whether it's meth labs being run by drug cartels, or the selling of drugs on street corners by gang members. This is happening across the country. You can be living in a suburban community and there can be a safe house on a cul-de-sac around the corner from you," Longmire observed.
Longmire adds that this activity cuts at the very fabric of the United States.
"This happens in the United States in our own country and it affects the very fabric of our national security that this type of thing is going on under our noses and people have a right to know so they can work to make their community safer," Longmire said.