Special to WorldTribune.com
The arrest of an Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist in Chicago exposed a massive narco-terrorist network linked to the El Paso, Texas area which has gotten little notice by U.S. law enforcement or media.
Emad Karakrah, who had been jailed but then mysteriously released after FBI intervention, resurfaced in a minimum security prison about 165 miles south of Chicago, according to government watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Karakrah led a ring of Islamic terrorists who joined forces with the Juarez drug cartel at a border area in the Mexican state of Chihuahua known as “Anapra,” which is a few miles from El Paso.
In one operation exposed by Judicial Watch, drug cartels smuggled nationals of terrorist countries into a small Texas rural town near El Paso. To elude the U.S. Border Patrol, they used remote farm roads to reach stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso.
Other Mexican drug cartels have smuggled nationals of terrorist countries into the U.S. for years, records uncovered by Judicial Watch show.
In 2014, Karakrah was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase through Chicago streets with an ISIS flag waving from his car.
On Jan. 7, 2015 Karakrah reached a plea deal in Cook County Court and was released from prison.
Judicial Watch reported that Karakrah has been located at the Lincoln Correctional Center, a minimum security facility in Lincoln, Illinois, a town of about 14,000 residents in Logan County. Karakrah’s Illinois Department of Corrections profile lists his “projected discharge date” as July 13, 2020.