A major Mexican drug trafficking organization has been targeted in the past forty-four months. Law enforcement has named this Project Coronado. This is a multi-agency law enforcement investigation that has arrested nearly 1,200 individuals on narcotics related charges. This investigation targeted La Familia cartel members and their associates and as a result seized more than 11.7 tons of narcotics.
Just the past two days, 303 individuals in 19 states were arrested through coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. More than 3,000 agents and officers participated in this effort. They seized $3.4 million in U.S. currency, 729 pounds of methamphetamine, 62 kilograms of cocaine, 967 pounds of marijuana, 144 weapons and 109 vehicles.
The La Familia cartel is a violent drug trafficking cartel based in the state of Michoacán, in southwestern Mexico. La Familia controls drug manufacturing and distribution in and around Michoacán, including the importation of vast quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico into the United States. Ironically, La Familia is opposed to the sale of methamphetamine to Mexicans, however does support its export to the United States for consumption by Americans. La Familia is a heavily armed cartel that has utilized violence to support its narcotics trafficking business including murders, kidnappings and assaults.