Takedown of Mexican Drug Traffickers

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    Hundreds of Alleged Sinaloa Cartel Members and Associates Arrested in Nationwide Takedown of Mexican Drug Traffickers
    "Operation Xcellerator" Takes over 23 Tons of Narcotics off America's Streets and
    Seizes More Than $59 Million in Drug Money

    FEB 25, 2009

    WASHINGTON – DEA Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. today announced the arrest of more than 750 individuals on narcotics-related charges and the seizure of more than 23 tons of narcotics as part of a 21-month multi-agency law enforcement investigation known as “Operation Xcellerator.”

    Today, 52 individuals in California, Minnesota and Maryland were arrested as part of Operation Xcellerator, which targeted the Sinaloa Cartel, a major Mexican drug trafficking organization, through coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as cooperation with authorities in Mexico and Canada.

    The Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for bringing multi-ton quantities of narcotics, including cocaine and marijuana, from Mexico into the United States through an enterprise of distribution cells in the United States and Canada. The Sinaloa Cartel is also believed to be responsible for laundering millions of dollars in criminal proceeds from illegal drug trafficking activities. Individuals indicted in the cases are charged with a variety of crimes, including: engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise by violating various felony provisions of the Controlled Substances Act; conspiracy to import controlled substances; money laundering; and possession of an unregistered firearm.

    “We successfully concluded the largest and hardest hitting operation to ever target the very violent and dangerously powerful Sinaloa drug cartel,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “From Washington to Maine, we have disrupted this cartel’s domestic operations—arresting U.S. cell heads and stripping them of more than $59 million in cash—and seriously impacted their Canadian drug operations as well. DEA will continue to work with our domestic and international partners to shut down the operations of the Sinaloa cartel and stop the ruthless violence the traffickers inflict on innocent citizens in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.”

    “International drug trafficking organizations pose a sustained, serious threat to the safety and security of our communities,” said Attorney General Holder. “As the world grows smaller and international criminals step up their efforts to operate inside our borders, the Department of Justice will confront them head on to keep our communities safe.”

    To date, Operation Xcellerator has led to the arrest of 755 individuals and the seizure of approximately $59.1 million in U.S. currency, more than 12,000 kilograms of cocaine, more than 16,000 pounds of marijuana, more than 1,200 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 8 kilograms of heroin, approximately 1.3 million pills of Ecstasy, more than $6.5 million in other assets, 149 vehicles, 3 aircraft, 3 maritime vessels and 169 weapons.

    The 21-month investigation began shortly after the culmination of Operation Imperial Emperor, an investigation which resulted in the indictment of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)-designated Consolidated Priority Organizational Target (CPOT) Victor Emilio Cazarez-Salazar, believed to be a command and control leader within the Sinaloa Cartel. CPOT Victor Cazarez-Salazar remains a fugitive.

    As a result of today’s arrests, federal charges were unsealed against numerous individuals in California, Minnesota and Maryland. Cases resulting from Operation Xcellerator are being handled by prosecutors in 11 judicial districts, including the: Central District of California; Southern District of California, District of Minnesota; District of Maryland; Southern District of New York; District of Arizona; District of Massachusetts; Middle District of Pennsylvania; Northern District of Ohio; Western District of Texas; and Eastern District of California. Assistance for Operation Xcellerator was provided by the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section and Office of International Affairs. Additionally, local prosecutions will occur in Los Angeles, Orange County, Calif., and Riverside, Calif.

    The investigative efforts in Operation Xcellerator were coordinated by the multi-agency Special Operations Division, comprised of agents and analysts from the DEA, FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Marshals Service, as well as attorneys from the Criminal Division’s Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section. More than 200 federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies contributed investigative and prosecutorial resources to Operation Xcellerator through OCEDTF.

    An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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    CBP Officers Seize $113,000 in Marijuana from False Compartment of Truck in Brownsville, TX

    March 02, 2009

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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville, Tx. and Matamoros International Bridge discovered $113,000 in marijuana hidden in a false bed of a Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup. CBP officers encountered a tan and gold 2006 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup driven by Leonardo Daniel Quintanilla Rosales,24, a Mexican citizen was arrested. CBP officers' inspection revealed abnormalities within the bed of the Chevrolet Cheyenne, a narcotic detector dog, further substantiated the odor of narcotics emanating from the bed of the truck.

    Intensive inspection revealed 27 bundles with a combined weight of more than 113 pounds of marijuana hidden within the false bed of the pickup. The marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of over $113,000. The driver was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who will process the driver on federal drug charges.
     
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    SHIT!!!!.....there goes my ounce.....:(
     
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    Hopefully whatever cartel replaces them will give their drug mules health benefits.
     
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    Border Patrol Agents Seize More than $1.5 Million Worth of Marijuana at Sarita Checkpoint
    [SIZE=-2]Thu, 05 Mar 2009 16:17:58 -0600[/SIZE]

    Kingsville, Texas - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley sector seize close to 2,000 pounds of marijuana at the Sarita checkpoint.On March 4, agents working the Border Patrol checkpoint south of Kingsville, assisted by a K-9 team, seized close to 2,000 pounds of marijuana from a tractor-trailer. (more)

    The marijuana has an estimated street value of over $1.5 million. An inspection of the tractor-trailer revealed the narcotics concealed inside cardboard boxes. The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the narcotics, the tractor trailer and one individual. DEA is continuing their investigation.
     
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    Border Patrol Agents Seize $7.6 Million in Cocaine at Texas Checkpoint
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    Laredo, Texas - Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Laredo North station stopped an attempt to smuggle several hundred pounds of cocaine Thursday night. Agents working at the Interstate 35 checkpoint performed an immigration inspection on the driver of a tractor-trailer that drove into the facility. (more)

    Agents performed an immigration inspection on the driver of a tractor-trailer that drove into the facility. During the inspection, a Border Patrol canine alerted toward the trailer. Agents inspected the trailer with the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System that uses gamma rays to produce an image similar to an x-ray. The machine image showed some anomalies among the load of ceramic toilets being hauled in the trailer. Agents searched the cargo and found three boxes containing cellophane-wrapped bundles. The bundles contained cocaine with a total weight of 237.8 pounds and an estimated street value of $7.6 million. The drugs, driver and vehicle from were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
     
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    El Paso Officers Seize 750+ pounds of Marijuana in Commercial Shipment - CBP.gov

    El Paso Officers Seize 750+ pounds of Marijuana in Commercial Shipment
    Second large marijuana seizure in last two days

    (Friday, May 08, 2009)


    El Paso, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 769 pounds of marijuana Thursday morning. The drugs were discovered in a commercial shipment of nylon rope. The estimated value of the drugs is $ 615,200.
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    The seizure was made at 10:20 a.m. when a 1986 GMC box truck arrived from Mexico at the Bridge of the Americas commercial facility. The driver declared spools of nylon rope to CBP. The CBP officer performed a cursory inspection of the shipment then referred it to the dock for further examination. CBP officers conducted a thorough search of the merchandise and discovered that the spools were hollowed out and filled with marijuana bundles. CBP officers removed a total 456 marijuana filled packages from the merchandise. No arrests were made and the investigation is continuing.
    “The seizure activity the last two days reflects the vigilance and attention to detail by CBP officers at the Port of El Paso,” said William Molaski, U. S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso port director. “More than two tons of marijuana did not make its destination because of the outstanding work of CBP officers on the front lines.”
     
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    Treasury Dept. goin' after drug traffickers...
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    US Targets Traffickers Linked to Mexican Drug Cartel
    February 23, 2011 - The United States says it has imposed sanctions on a six-nation network of drug traffickers linked to Mexico's notorious Sinaloa Cartel.
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    Customs Officers Seize 'Significant' Amounts of Drugs, Fraudulent Documents, 'Inadmissible Aliens' at Arizona Ports of Entry
    Friday, February 25, 2011 - How big is the smuggling/illegal immigration problem along the Arizona-Mexico border? The numbers tell part of the story.
     
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    Everything is political fo this admiistration. The bad publicity of an ICE officer getting murdered comes along and next thing you know 23 tons of drugs are siezed. Ever wonder how all that dope gets into the US? I guess we aren't doing such a good job at the borders and it ain't likely to get better is it?
     

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