Sheriff Mike Boudreaux of Tulare County, California says that the recent murder of a 16-year-old mother and her baby was a message from the drug cartels and gangs.
"This was a cartel-style execution," Sheriff Boudreaux said on Thursday's edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "For anyone to deny the fact that this was not some type of message is ignorant to how these illegal cartels and gangs operate."
Earlier this week, two gunmen invaded a home in Tulare County and killed six people, including a teenage mother and her 10-month-old baby. Authorities suspect it to be a gang related attack.
Sheriff Boudreaux said that the police department is not ruling out the fact that this attack could have been done by the cartels from Mexico and said illegal gangs and cartels operate very similarly.
"The connection between the cartels and gangs — many times they're married," he explained. "Together, the cartels will bring the narcotics and illegal drugs and guns into the United States, and the gangs distribute them. There's a very close, tight knit connection between them."
The sheriff stated that the wide open southern border is contributing to these crime issues in California as well.
"California's population is increasing of undocumented persons coming into the area," Boudreaux stated. "Now, we all support the idea of someone coming in and making a better life for themselves. But the reality of it is what we're seeing come across the border are unvetted people. We have the cartels going back and forth."