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Over 1 million seized in Tijuana

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 |

Sinaloa Cartel drug proceeds seized in Tijuana


Last night, agents of the PEP (State Preventative Police), during a coordinated traffic stop, arrested two men, driving a van, southbound to Rosarito.  Inside the van, hidden in boxes, and in multiple denominations was 952,000 dollars in cash.  The money was in smaller bills, consistent coming from drug sales and distribution, one roll contained 6,000 $5 dollar bills.  The two men arrested in the operation are alleged to be in the service of a Sinaloa Cartel cell operating in Tijuana.  

Elias Lopez, 'El Panther',  and Armando Limon Arrenado were the two men detained, who told officers the money was bound for Culican, Sinaloa, via Rosarito, or Baja Sur, and was proceeds from drug sales in the Los Angeles area.  'El Panther' led authorities to another safe house, where the PEP arrested two women, Ana Patricia, and Sandra N, 47, and 30 years old.  An additional 102,000 was seized at the residence, apparently hidden inside a couch.

This is the latest in a series of, of escalating seizures and lost product for the organized crime groups that operate in the city.  In recent months, thousands of pounds of marijuana have been lost along the Southern California coastline, which is thought to belong to Sinaloa cells operating in Baja.  More then 700 pounds of marijuana were seized last week at the Otay Mesa crossing, hidden in bundles of carrots.

  Two weeks ago 12 kilos of cocaine, thought to be Sinaloa owned were also seized in Tijuana.  90,000 said to belong to the group under Fernando Sanchez Arellano, and also said to be from drug sales in Los Angeles was confiscated after an arrest earlier this summer.  One point of notice is the minimal amount of cocaine seized at the border crossings, and in the city itself.  This suggests a lack of product being moved across the border, or in the city at all. Last year, seizures of upwards of 250 kilos were occurring, at a much higher volume.  

Violence in the city has slowed to a crawl, with a minimal amount of murder among organized crime groups.  High profile arrests linked to the cells of Sanchez Arellano occurred earlier in the year, but things have progressed as normal, with no violence, or escalation of conflict following the arrests. 



Sources, AFN Tijuana.    

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Anonymous said...

90.000 from AFO in comparison with these million from CDS. I guess this makes clear who has more activity in this area.

Anonymous said...

102k at home was probably their cut :(

Anonymous said...

any loss to the cartels is a good loss.

Anonymous said...

dang! he gave people up quick...

Anonymous said...

There is way more Money is the European markets...Chapo is literally creating his own coca plantations in Peru and Bolivia.In the near future you will see more seizures in Europe.A gram of decent yayo can fetch 200 to 300 dollars.He is slowly bypassing the Colombians,more profit and no middle men.

J said...

I didn't intend to make that point, because I don't think it's very significant, they are just seizures in the area, to the groups. There isn't enough information to make statements about the groups operational strength, based on a seizure of 90k vs 1 mi, because we don't know enough. There are so many variables as to why, the 90k could have money owed on the back end, or money owed period, or someones 3 kilos, or Engineers personal cut. But, that's just my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Im sure they found 2 million and only reported 1 mill, since the cops have to take their cut

Anonymous said...

el "PHADSE" or "FADES" has a heavy presence in Tijuana BC. Him along with a group of "sicarios" are controlling what is knows as El Murua, Los Alamos, Buena Vista and also Otay Mesa. He is working wit the Sinaloa Cartel, and lives in San Diego California, smart kid, im 100 percent sure that he is the one that went to LA for the money and had this runners deliver it, if it was 1,000,000.00 from LA then he kept the rest... SMART kid i say

Anonymous said...

The difference in seizures isn`t really a sign of who moves more money or drugs, it could very well mean that the PEPòs are only attacking the CDS and those 90000 were just given to say that they are hitting both of them.

Anonymous said...

BTW, Anyone interested in traslating the Zeta(newspaper) article on the possible execution of el Oaxaco, the plaza chief in La Paz BCS? They say that the Engineer is working again with the Garibay and those are the ones responsible for Oaxaco`s execution.

Anonymous said...

Classic mexican cartels. They think if they give people up it makes them less guilty. Fkn losers.
Atte.sam sarcasmo

Anonymous said...

I smell dead rats!

Anonymous said...

damn, prices are gonna go up in the area cause of this.....smh ...not to mention its pretty dried up right now. its getting harder to find keys of coke.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the lack of cocaine seizures means that there is less supply moving through TJ. Whenyou consider the tunnel operations it is clear that they would move the cocsine across in the most secure method. Tunnels

Anonymous said...

"90.000 from AFO in comparison with these million from CDS. I guess this makes clear who has more activity in this area."

Or who is stupid enough to get caught...

Anonymous said...

Breath of fresh air when you hear violence is at a crawl(minimum).Does that mean the war is over in Tijuana?

Anonymous said...

And he didnt give up people quick he did it against his will... In Mexico the police beat the hell out of u and tourture u.. So peoplecan be oh he is a snitch and all but u would be giving up the information if they did that to u too to anybody...And I wonder how much those dirty ass cops took for thier cut...

Anonymous said...

This makes me laugh ja ja, I feel so sorry for them....NOT ! All that work and nothing to show for it. Unfortunately, this is just one of thousands of vans just like it.

Anonymous said...

wait...el panther is in trouble already then he leads authorities to another safe house? wtf?

Anonymous said...

This just means that the Sinaloa Cartel is weak or stupid and doesnt have the local government on their side,in Tijuana Arellano Felix,continues to dominate the drug trade,locally,and Into the U.S.

Sinaloa Cartel only controls 100% Mexicali BajaCalifornia,but we will see how long that will last,Hector BeltranLeyva in coordination with Carillo Fuentes have sent a couple cells in to heat up the plaza and since Chapo is already on the spot light,the plan is simple move in and take the plaza,it will take years but Chapo Isidro knows what he is doing.

Anonymous said...

safe to say el panther is a dead man..

Anonymous said...

1 million is nothing to the mafia

J said...

Anyomous, any elaboration of higher prices, or scare availability? That's kind what I was guessing about in the article.

Anonymous said...

Havent you read carillos have already lost Juarez

Anonymous said...

There are less but with cocaine because cocaine shipments tends to be better tended than marijuana. Plus they allow for some to get caught while most still gets through. Simple!

Anonymous said...

yup true that

Anonymous said...

than in that case i wouldve said they found two criminals with 200 dollars instead

Anonymous said...

Not exactly, Mexican government has no death penalty or early release on parole. so each person is looking at a long jail sentence. So the more info and people they give up the less time they do.

Anonymous said...

952,000?? I bet thats the amount that was reported..i bet it was 1MIL originally..
also,they say money brom drug sales in L.A as if the cartels have dope houses(dime bags) also...the local gangs control the retail sales..as dum as it sounds but cartels aint gonna dirty themselves having dope houses..there's like 5 middle men before the drugs reach the dope house for retail sale.

Anonymous said...

WHY DOES THE TITLE SAY;over 1mil seized in tijuana if its only 952,000

Anonymous said...

Not really, according to the wikileaks documents concerning Juarez, the Mex government was saying that Carrillo where losing Juarez so they would be encouraged to fight harder. At no time did they lost control.

Anonymous said...

A strange contradictory article this one. The authorities are doing an outstanding job seizing much cash and even identifying sources when normally they can't identify their assholes from a hole in the ground. In fact they are doing so well drugs aren't moving and......uh.....where is the cash from if that is the case?....uh.... Hmmm, plan B, comic book, coming soon.

Anonymous said...

"One point of notice is the minimal amount of cocaine seized at the border crossings, and in the city itself. This suggests a lack of product being moved across the border"

I might be wrong, maybe I`m just pesimistic, but to me it suggest someone have found better and more effective ways to smuggle it across.

Anonymous said...

Let's see now. The State Police REPORTED a haul of $952K. Wonder how much was cut out of that total by the boys making the bust BEFORE they reported the haul. Now I suppose it has to go to the Federal Police, then the Federal Government, and finally the residual goes to the National Treasury. Wonder how much gets siphoned off during this process?

Anonymous said...

They would of been dead and unreported.

Anonymous said...

A gram of coke 2 to 300 ? Nah .Do you know how much your talkin for an ounce at them prices? 8400 . 140 for decent white,but its never decent.

Anonymous said...

Like 7:19pm said, the police beat the shit out of you till you start talking. I bet you could not stand 5 min into "tehuacanasos". Its not like The first 48 hours tv show that they got the killer and put them in the interrogation room and play good cop and bad cop with them. They never touch a suspect even when is obvious whos the killer.

Anonymous said...

No they havent

jthemover said...

Maybe his own boss turned him in to keep the authorities looking good while the other stuff made it through?

Anonymous said...

(el panther) was Fades right hand man, i smell set up, fades and his boys wanted panther out of the cell, because he was abusing the usage of his own drugs and because panther's sister is in love with fades, but panther does not like it. now behind bars, they can party in downtown sd, like they always do.

Anonymous said...

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE FOR PHADES TO BE A HIGH RANK INDIVIDUAL AND MANAGE TO CROSS THE BORDER INTO SAN DIEGO, HIS HOME EVERY DAY???

WOULDNT THE DEA, FBI OR HOMELAND SECURITY BE AFTER HIM?

Anonymous said...

Chivis caballeros templarios against Z40

Anonymous said...

From the east coast very hard to find good yayo :-(

Anonymous said...

Something doesn't sound right..? I know that not too too long ago... if a $$ courier got busted with that type of $$$ he wouldn't have opened his mouth about A. where it came from B. where it was going and C. Never in a million years that it was Sinaloa's money cuz he and his family would last a week..!! I mean are they gettin soft down south..?

Anonymous said...

some heads are gonna roll...literally...LOL

Anonymous said...

Wonder how much the mexican government or whoever gets the stuff make in a year on busts like this one? Millions upon millions of dollar in cash, expensive cars, weapons, and so on. Guessing that is helpful in the fight against the cartels, or hoping it is.

Anonymous said...

Shit! I got a 15 agg in D Town, Tx back in 85, and I saw 3 brother from Waco snitching on each other like crazy because they didn't want to leave their young beautiful wives alone for many years, despite the ladies promise they would wait for them. So I think is easy for this guys to snitch trying to put in jail the guy that might kill them for losing that million.

Anonymous said...

If you want to keep the cops from being crooked the mexican government should pay the police department who made the drug money bust a percentage of the amount recovered. The police officers get a bonus monthly/yearly based on the amount of money they bust from the drug cartels. This stops the money coming back in to the cartels and keeps the cops off their payroll.

Anonymous said...

You guys are dumb who cares what they do we will never see that $$$ and y'all getting raped if u pay 140 200 or 300 for a g of yay0 5o is what it runs down here good shit 2

Anonymous said...

Did you read the article numb nuts?

Anonymous said...

i believe El pantera used to own botanas el cora in tj he must of sold good botanas
"sarcasm amigos"

Anonymous said...

"5o is what it runs down here good shit 2"
50 for a g ? C,mon man,aint no fuckin way you gettin decent white for 50 a g?Where the fuck are you,fuckin Columbia or Bolivia makin the shit?Have you got some paste to slang my way?Ye right.

Anonymous said...

AFO lets Sinaloa (or they pay tax to) operate in TJ, that's it. It doesn't mean they get the cops and other authorities also. So this is probably why we are seeing more seizures of Sinaloa's shit in TJ.

Anonymous said...

"140 200 or 300 for a g of yay0 5o is what it runs down here good shit 2"
Ill take a quarter key of that off you,at 50 a gram.You take 12.5 ? You see,boolshit.12 and a half for a quarter k ? No way ray.

Anonymous said...

1132 same price here fla fitty a g

J said...

It was confirmed he did own that mariscos place in TJ, and also had worked as a money launderer/transporter for years now, transporting over 24 mil across the border. US Citizen too.

Anonymous said...

Over her in south los Thy have dope houses lots of thm..thy r franchises u can buy ur own or consign..no dime bags tho..min is 20

Anonymous said...

We don't have that baby powder cut crackahead coke bro. Fuk your 50 bucks, I want some strawberry queen wash when I party. So 250 a gram is how I roll that's what the fine girls like no hood rats.

Anonymous said...

CHAPUTO is falling apart in TJ...lol

Arriva Los Aretes!!!...

white boy said...

aug 21 2012 6:08 pm guess whose smarter afo lost 90000 to 1 million wow i also know for a fact his and independent worker but why hes putting in cds ass i have no idea if some one got to him and said blame it on them !!!!

white boy said...

the family of tijuana hasnt lost that amount of money in over a 15years cds has lost political support why this transfer was stopped i guess he didnt pay derecho de piso for that much amount cause el inginiero is still making billlions rumor has it he has been seen with a bunch load ofbody guard in ensenada in tijuana you never hear of el chapo or mayo hanging out here what that say im out players in guess you guys know who owns the plaza of tijuana baja california

Anonymous said...

@11:32 AM you and your kind are the cause of the bloodshed in mexico. Deny and rationalize it all you want but it is true. If you buy one bag of mexican weed or one gram of coke or meth you are guilty.

I don't care if you don't care, I wish the worst for you.

Anonymous said...

In TJ you can buy whatever you want about 50 yards across the border from about 10 different souvenier shops. Tahts what all the white boys do when their connects dont come through, book it to Mex. You can be in and out in like 30 minutes, watch for dogs though.

Anonymous said...

paying 120 for a gram coke where r u beverly hills , dam son u getting jacked and some other person taalking about strawberry some shit lol ur a trip i pray ur not serious.flavored cocaine lol what next freaking idiots man seriously if you are paying those prices stop doing dope .please i feel sorry for you

-tyrone-

Anonymous said...

This is true, if you buy coke then you are the cause of 9 yr old girls having their heads cut off, this is a fact it has happened

Anonymous said...

I would like to see you there with those pIgs..aver cuanto awantas los tablasos

Anonymous said...

You are righton brother.. We as a whole(Mexicans en el gabacho) single handedly financed this genocide. Every time we ise we add to the killing on pir beloved mexico. It doesn't matter what you say to feel good about it. Stop the bullshit lies. we tell stories and try to sugar coat the truth. because of our cowardice and inability to help our people. If there is violence in our hearts let's be violent for a just cause instead of hiding our anger due to impotence. Atte sam sarcasmo

Anonymous said...

50 a g in south tx good ass shit bro you guys do get rapes and to think yay from those organizations would be cheaper i think its the viejoZ that sell it here and my friend in the valley can get it for 20 bucks and its fuckin good thats from the golfo's

Anonymous said...

listen i said before and ill say it again i say as weak as afo is sinaloa should have steam rolled thru there why pay a tax toa weak organization i believe sinaloa wants to play right and pay but whats that tell you you always getting your product or money confiscated in guess where tijuana 1nce is coincidense 2.......3...x AFO is setting sinaloa up get your facts together and take them out. To many siezures hmmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

U have no idea dumb ass.. CDS loses ever in a while but they recuperate.. Everyone should know who runs things..

Anonymous said...

In Sacramento area coke goes for 50 a gram and its good shit! U people are tripping 200 to 300 a gram .

Anonymous said...

dude ur full of it noone finances these acts of violence by buying those drugs. hell if u put a diamond on ur lady's finger u may have contributed to the violence in the congo but wait a minute thats a whole different subject

Anonymous said...

To the person saying that they read that Carillo lost Ciudad Juarez has never been to Ciudad Juarez.If you guys dont believe me thats fine.Time will tell pay close attention to MEXICALI,I think I know what im talking about

J said...

I think they would rather work together and prosper, then turn the plaza into a bloody mess, like that worked so well in Juarez, probably figure why not enjoy this run, and retire, rather then fight it out for pride and honor, sometimes there is more money in pragmatism.

Anonymous said...

Please tell me you are being sarcastic. It amazes me how the lawmakers have avoided the heat. People have been doing drugs for millennia. Only recently has there been prohibition laws that have lead to the creation of crime syndicates. Of course it's a lot easier to simply point your finger at the least common denominator and avoid actually doing anything

Anonymous said...

I think all the fools runnin their mouth about prices aint got a fuckin clue.50 for nice white?
And you people are saying others are being ripped.
Tell me,do you get that real numb feeling in your mouth and throat,on your gums?You know,,,what means its good white?Yeah i thought so.Get it.nuff said about that.
50 for a gram of white,man it must be some shit white.14s for an oz,that is some shit yayo."So 250 a gram is how I roll that's what the fine girls like no hood rats"That is expensive brah,but ill take the coke test with yours over 50s a g awl day long.

Anonymous said...

50 for a gram.Man john travolta been doin his thing all the fuck over it.michael jackson moonwalked on it.And the dentist uses the same shit to numb your gums.Ye man,i can feel it on my gums.100 baby.Break it down,mix it up,brick it up.
Now you got the real shit,fishscale ma nicca.Not.

Anonymous said...

August 22, 2012 9:56 PM .
"It amazes me how the lawmakers have avoided the heat"
No brother,not so amazing.Look at the way politicians etc,dealt with cigarette's.It is the most stark statement of just how gullible and sheep-like people can be.People who smoke cigarettes are treated almost like criminals?
Never mind the merits or lack thereof of smoking,health-wise.Alcohol is the worst of the lot,yet we have huge advertising for it and can buy it cheaply.There is no medical proof whatever,of so-called secondary smoke danger.Yet all the sheep and politicians climb all over it.Imagine this scenario,just 15 years ago concerning cigarettes?People are so easily led.None of us are going to live forever.So enjoy it while you are here,and try to act as a human being with a code of morality.

Anonymous said...

coke in uk is less than 15% actual coke at best, its the other stuff which goes into it which is genius, like the fish tranquilizers to make that numbness in the nose and gums, and this G is costing $60 about if converted to $$$ thats why i cant wait to get my ass to colombia or brazil the closest im willing to go to the source and have an awesome fucking party at the same time!

Anonymous said...

I see alot of people comparing their favourite dealers coke prices and swinging their massive dicks around, making noise. Comparing coke prices and quality, whats the point? Theres 50 x-factors in that calculation and it varies all the time. And the bottom line is; people who buy coke feed the cartels. There`s no way around that fact. There was something else...oh, yes, one more thing, coke is shit! You`re discussing shit like its something good, on a site reporting on the cartel war in Mexico. Do less coke and you`ll see how dumb this looks. Coke fucks you up, if it hasn`t yet, it will. If you`re really lucky it will only fuck you up and not your entiry family.

Anonymous said...

Its fifty a g when you buy it from me so duh its stepped on but if u real wanna know my cuz in ga got dem briks trty a piece we get mony we dont snoet so take yo powder head ass some were wit dem crack head prices dumb ass my hood rats dont snort shit they pop pills

Anonymous said...

THE PRICE FOR 200 TO 300 A GRAM IN IN LONDON!!!!! NOT THE THE STATES!!!! A FRIEND OF MINE WENT TO THE OLYMPICS THERE, HE HAD A CONNECTION THERE- SHIT CUT WITH NOVACAINE OR OTHER CRAP IS AROUND 100 TO 200-,,,,,,

GENTE DE TIUANA said...

EL CAF ES PODER PESE AQUIEN LE PESE ESTE COMPA ES INDEPENDENTE PORQUE EL DICE QUE ES DEL chapo NO TENGO IDEA PERO EL CAF NO ESTA PERDIENDO NADA EN TIJUANA SIGUE GANANDO Y CRECIENDO MAS Y MAS PAEJITAS ARRIBA TODO TIJUANA BAJA CALIFORNIA

Anonymous said...

Oh man,stop with the cartel worship.You are Mexican,its time to grow up and away from this boolshit.It is undoubtedly hurting Mexico and her decent people who want nothing more than safety.
How can Mexicans justify defending a cartel now?
All of them are grimy motherfuckers chiseling off the working people and shops and stores.Time to grow up people.CAF continues to grow?Whoop de fuckin doo for you and CAF.GENTE DE TIUANA.Can you say you aint murked anyone?Can you say you aint hurt an innocent person.Can you say you aint extorted someone?
I dont give a fuck if you murked someone,but only if they in the game,dont be extortin small business an shit like that.Grow up and try and help by not glorifying cartel boolshit.

GENTE DE TIJUANA said...

august 23 2012 5:47pm anonymous wow listen carefully extortion or innocent people ive never been part of any of that you need to really pay attention but i do handle trash talkers there not innocent see you around parejita

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