Expel drug cartel thugs

Illegal drugs from the murderous Mexican cartels already can be found throughout the United States. But now, authorities across the nation say, the cartels have sent their operatives to several U.S. cities, including Columbus.

That is not acceptable. Home-grown drug gangs are bad enough, using violence frequently to settle their squabbles. But the Mexican cartels are on another, much more brutal level of violence.

U.S. authorities, including those in Ohio, should make it a top priority to send the cartel operatives packing. The illegal drug crisis is bad enough without their presence.