Monday, July 11, 2011

Colorado: 23 indicted in $36 million Mexican drug cartel smuggling

45,000 lbs. brick-form marijuana alleged to be transported to a warehouse in Commerce city using Victory Tour buses over the last year. (First Judicial District Attorney's Office / July 11, 2011)

Keith Coffman
Reuters


A Colorado grand jury has indicted 23 people allegedly linked to the Los Zetas drug cartel in connection with a ring that prosecutors said on Monday smuggled $36 million worth of marijuana from Mexico in bogus tour buses.

The traffickers hid compressed marijuana in compartments affixed to the underside of the buses, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said in a news release.

"One of the most violent and feared Mexican drug cartels, Los Zetas, is believed to be the source of this marijuana distribution operation," the release said.

The 96-count indictment accuses the ring of smuggling 45,000 pounds of marijuana bricks from Durango, Mexico through El Paso, Texas, to a Colorado warehouse for street sale between April of 2010 and May of this year.

The alleged ringleaders, Conrado Arellano-Casas, 32, and Jose Jimenez-Chacon, 30, were among the suspects named in the indictment.

Jimenez-Chacon was arrested by U.S. Drug Enforcement agents in El Paso, Texas.

Arellano-Casas was apprehended in Colorado, where investigators also seized a loaded AK-47 rifle and $30,000 in cash from his home.

The defendants face an array of criminal charges, ranging from racketeering, conspiracy, distribution of a controlled substance, criminal impersonation, and illegal possession of firearms.

Eighteen of the indicted suspects are in custody, and five are believed to be in Mexico, but their exact whereabouts are unknown.

Ten of the suspects are believed to be in the country illegally and are under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds.

The smuggling operation was uncovered when a motorist stopped by police in Colorado had narcotics in his possession and told detectives who his illegal drug source was.

A Colorado judge then approved telephone wiretaps of the suspected drug dealer, triggering a year-long investigation by federal and state law enforcement that ultimately led to the grand jury indictments.

The indictments were handed up last month, but remained sealed until as many arrests as possible could be made.

In addition to the marijuana seized in the probe, authorities confiscated 14 vehicles, seven firearms, two kilograms of cocaine valued at $64,000, 53 grams of methamphetamine, and $134,000 in cash.

40 comments:

  1. THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO BUY AND SMOKE THE BRICK SHIT ARE THE ILLEGALS WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO BUY SOME CHRONIC OR DON'T HAVE A MEDICAL CARD.....THE GOOD STUFF IS LEGAL IF YOU GOT THE RIGHT DOCUMENTATION.....I DON'T KNOW ANYONE SMOKING SHWAG ANYMORE NOW THAT YOU CAN GET CHRON FOR $25 AN 1/8.....EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE A MEDICAL CARD YOU CAN GET SOMEONE WHO HAS ONE TO BUY FOR YOU.......PEOPLE DON'T WANT MEXICAN BUD.....IT SUX!!!

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    1. Agreed we're burning bomb out here that brick shit will get pushed further north to other states I'm sure this is just a distribution site.

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  2. yeah but this still manage to sell it. and not everyone smokes chron. alot of people buy because its cheaper.

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  3. People don't like Mexican weed but they still buy it, just like college kids buy keystone and natural light.

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  4. 25 a 1/8th! Shits 60 here

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  5. Colorado has some great weed. I don't know anyone who would buy this shiet. But obviously there's a market.

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  6. Mexican brick weed is getting better and better, and don't kid your self you stupid fuck tard, if there was NO MARKET the cartels wouldnt be working in colorado...you think they take the risk and move that shit around because they need the practice??? tas pendejo guey, go smoke another bowl of dumbass puto!!!

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  7. Always market 4 brick some people can't handle cron it's too strong and remember only 11states have. Medical mj so still huge market

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  8. I bought an ounce of white widow for 275 I live in laredo texas wats the market where u guys are from maybe I can take u some lol!

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  9. @July 12, 2011 3:20 PM
    YOU CAN GET AN OUNCE OF CHRON FOR 200 HERE IN DENVER.....SO JUST DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH PERICO U WANNA ADD TO IT AND THERE YOU GO.....
    @July 12, 2011 1:59 PM
    IN DENVER THE PRICE OF SHWAG IS A LIL MORE THAN HALF THE PRICE OF CHRONIC NOW SO MORE PEOPLE SMOKE CHRONIC NOW BECAUSE THE PRICE OF CHRONIC DROPPED 50%.....AND THERE ARE VARIATIONS OF IT TOO SO U CAN PICK AND CHOOSE FOR POTENCY....VERY FEW PEOPLE IN COLORADO SMOKE SHWAG.....BECAUSE NOW IT IS SO AFFORDABLE. I AM MEXICAN AND I DONT SMOKE THAT MEXICAN SHIT AT ALL!!! EVEN THE TRAFICANTES TRADE COKE AND METH FOR GOOD CHRONIC BECAUSE THEY CANT MOVE THAT BRICK SHIT.....ITS JUST COMMON KNOWLEDGE.....WHAT WOULD U RATHER HAVE? A $25 1/4 OF SHIT WEED OR A $25 1/8 OF SOME REALLY GOOD QUALITY HIERBA??? GRINGOS GROW BETTER MOTA HANDS DOWN!!!!

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  10. @July 12, 2011 11:43 AM

    MOVE TO COLORADO!!! SHIT IN BOULDER PEOPLE WALK AROUND TOWN SMOKING IT IN FRONT OF PIGS Y TODO!!!
    IN DENVER ITS ADVERTISED BY PEOPLE HOLDING POSTER BOARDS ON THE STREET CORNERS!!!

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  11. @ July 12, 2011 11:43 AM

    You guys are getting shafted bro! yea its only $25.00 here in lakewood, co!

    i'm a kulichi boy and i don't know anyone who smokes brick anymore except white trash gringos. i know a lot of narcos that slang chronic now here in colorado and the shit is from dispensaries!

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  12. 350 and up for fire in chicago. But like anythind depends on who u know and how much

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  13. I love it testamentarys from the potheads, what planet is this??

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  14. So, Los Zetas use the Juarez Cartels;s crossing to move product into El Paso and the midwest.....

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  15. Dam I need to go to colorodo 5000/ lb black widow southside chi town

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    1. 2500-3000 in colorado!

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  16. The best bud is from Vancouver

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  17. I live in Boulder Co, and even though I don't smoke, they smoke it out in the open everywhere. Denver now has more dispensaries than starbucks.

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  18. In colorado there's nothing but snitches!

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  19. Yur all a bunch of dumb fucks nobody smokes brick weed or even chronic anymore here in cali. Yur all living in the past

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  20. no matter how cheap the chronic is mex bud is pretty good and its by the ton not an gms and makes money everybody has smoked some bomb ass mex bud ot one time

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  21. all u chupa piolas are retarded our weed makes more money than chron here there and everywhere i smoke good to but paid better lol

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  22. All you low lifes that buy the Cartel weed are CONTRIBUTING to the Narco Genocide and the War now hapening in Mexico. The low life college puke smoking chronic is just as liable as the Zeta or Sinaloa Sicario. You are feeding their profit margin. And feeding off each other! Its too bad that most users are too self absorbed to undertand let alone reflect on that.

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  23. looks like one of the cartels indoor grow just got busted with pics over at blog del narco...so maybe the brick weed isnt just schwag anymore???

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  24. I agree with the last poster, times are changing it's harder to maintain in both work and life when useing, it's knowing your helping the narcos also, it's hard to get out of yourself and look at the inter you, but sadly it won't change anything but yourselfs.

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  25. PEOPLE THAT SMOKE CHRON OR CUSH OR ANYTHING GROWN HERE IN THE STATES ARE NOT CONTRIBUTING TO THE WAR.....SOME OF US DON'T EVEN TOUCH THAT MEXICAN SHIT WEED!!! SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST SO IGNORANT OR RETARDED AND THINK THAT IT ALL COMES FROM MEXICO...THE WEED I SMOKE COMES FROM COLORADO, USA!!!!

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  26. I almost bought some brick just becouse it was from the same area in durango I'm from. No z.
    Thought it was sorta cool; and knew it was crap. Almost like a novelty. But they handed me a bit, and I just ended up giving it away.

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  27. I see some of you are saying that the college kids buying sacks of brick weed are a major cause to the cartel problem. You guys are some dumb f*cks, seriously. They make maybe 10% of a multiBILLION $$ industry off of this shit weed. The real money comes from coke and meth, if you cant understand that, maybe you should smoke more Vancouver grown kush. Thank you Marc Emery! It's simple logistics, coke and meth are the cash cows. Read up on your facts before you post kids.

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    1. If 10% of da multibillion $ comes from weed u say da real money comes from coke and meth u r probably rite but da fact is where cartels make da more money is from illegal immigrants. I go to Mexico often and know people so I think I do know my facts.

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  28. The reason the narcos sell outdoor brick weed is for the higher profit margin. Even tho more people smoke chronic, its easier and more cost effective to grow a field of shwag in mexico then it is to set up 10 houses full of hydro. There's enough smokers out their to sell both.

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  29. u all are dumb fucks we move mexican bricks kuz it sells we just gettin paper its all about makin money smoke it or dont smoke it MF am a mexican and smoke dro from H Town thiers a
    great demand for mota so we do wat we have to do and u fake ass vatoo from laredoo stop laying to ur self ur watchin to much MTV thier aint no white widow in laredoo plus if thier is its bootlegg from da smoke shops chapete

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  30. 2 18 pick up a book and learn to write. How do you know there's no white widow in laredo? People can grow it in there basement or garage you hater- Im not the one who said it; but this guys retarded.

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  31. Yeah u Fuck retards that think that now bcuz Colorado is medical green state this criminal set up shop in your state and sold weed meth cocaine and mayhem even killed a few. New world order is coming beware smoke weed everyday

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  32. fuck me the world is coming to shit and all you guys can talk about is weed and weed prices? hmmm lol it seems like if we legalize the drugs latin america would boom to a chain of superpowers...makes you think that the anglos dont want that....dun dun duuuuuunnn!

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  33. The medical weed Ive tried doesnt sustain. It smells great tastes great but the high just doesnt last. I know thats just what Ive personally had, but so called shwagg aint that bad and sometimes better.

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  34. I've never smoked schwag... I don't want to put something that dirty and ugly in my lungs. And to the guy who said the high from medical doesnt last obviously you aren't smoking real medical. The stuff I have sent over from Cali is so much better than any of the chronic I even see around here. It's the best, you're insane.

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  35. Yes I have smoked OG Kush from Cali and it was bomb. Yes y'all got great weed in Colorado as well but you do realize there are a ton of people who can't get anything other than mexi schwag weed. That is why they buy it. So they should stop smoking weed because some of you think it supports some cartel? Fuck You you arrogant fucks. Remember when it wasn't legal in California? right.....fuck off with that pompous ass uppity bull shit. If you lived where I live you wouldn't have any choice but to grow your own or smoke mexican. So fuck off.

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  36. All you suck
    Have you forgot about cali
    Weve got the best for sure... even thecops say so

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