Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sinaloa cartel loses $15 million to the Mexican Army
Mexico's Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) has announced the seizure of $15,350,000 U.S. currency (more than 125 million pesos), 6 kilograms of cocaine and 4 weapons from a home in Tijuana, Baja California.
In a press conference, Sedena spokesman General Ricardo Trevilla Trejo announced the seizure occurred in the colonia Cumbres de Juárez and that the money, drugs and weapons belonged to the Sinaloa cartel headed by Joaquin "el Chapo" Guzman.
No arrests were mentioned in the press conference.
The seizure was the latest action in the Army's ongoing Operation Zorro, a regional counternarcotics offensive in Baja California and Baja California Sur.
This is the second largest cash seizure by Mexico's Army in its fight against the drug cartels. The Army's largest cash seizure, more than $26 million (U.S.), occurred in September 2008 in Culiacan, Sinaloa.
The Army was also active in Tijuana over the weekend with the seizure of 118 kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of one individual this past Sunday in the Sonora neighborhood.
The cocaine seized also belonged to the Sinaloa cartel, according to Sedena.
According to Sedena analysts, the Sinaloa cartel now dominates the entire Baja California peninsula.
Credit for this seizure and arrest was given to an anonymous tip called in to a Sedena citizen's hotline.
Four other persons were arrested over the weekend by Army troops in Tijuana. At the time of their arrest the individuals had 14 weapons, 10 kilograms of mariguana and 458 grams of crystal meth in their possession.
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