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DEA arrests Mexican drug cartel in Twin Cities

Posted in Illegal Drugs February 26th, 2009 @ 11:30 am

Score a huge win for the good guys!

Recently, the DEA arrested a major Mexican trafficking cartel in the Twin Cities. The Sinaloa cartel was part of a “drug distribution cell” transporting cocaine and methamphetamine to the area from Mexico and Canada. Thirty-seven people were charged with ties to the Sinaloa cartel. Agents seized 4 pounds of methamphetamine, 5.9 pounds of cocaine, 1 pound of marijuana, seven guns, ten vehicles and $33,000 in cash. These drug dealers were transporting cocaine and methamphetamine to the Twin Cities from Mexico and Canada and netting about $3.5 million a month.

During a 21-month multi-agency investigation called Operation Xcellerator, more than 750 people across the country were arrested and more than 23 tons of drugs and $59 million in cash were seized. Arrests were also made in Maryland and California.

The Sinaloa cartel is one of the largest organized crime operations in the world and is responsible for the violence in Mexico and the U.S. Mexico has four main drug cartels named after the areas of their operations – Sinaloa cartel, Gulf cartel, Tijuana cartel and Juarez cartel. These cartels control the trafficking of drugs from South America to the U.S. at an estimate of $13 billion a year. Because the U.S. anti-narcotic operations in the Caribbean and Florida have increased, the flow of drugs is now coming through Mexico.

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