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Mexican Army seizes 5 tons from Chapo in BCS

Friday, April 5, 2013 |

Tijuano for Borderland Beat


 
Almost 5 tons of Marijuana were seized in a check point in San Ignacio, BCS.
The first investigations regarding this seizure of almost 5 tons of drugs in a checkpoint in San Ignacio, BCS exposed that the shipment was property of the Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
The narcotic came from Sinaloa and had Tijuana as destination, after crossing without issue the checkpoints installed in 4 cities in Sinaloa and 4 more in Sonora, as well as 2 checkpoints in Baja California Sur it was finally detected by members of the Mexican Army belonging to the 40th Military Zone in the 2nd Region.
The seizure automatically became the 2nd biggest hit in history to the Sinaloa Cartel in the state, where paradoxically, only one person was detained.
First reports indicate that the drug came hidden inside a gas tanker with PG2544-A as tags, no company names and with stickers of “Danger, transports hazardous material”, the following was found inside the tanker:
1.    481 large packages and 50 small packages containing marijuana with a total weight of 4 tons 763 kilograms (10,500 lbs.)
2.    10 plastic containers with a total weight of 5.9 kilograms (13 pounds) of Crystal Meth.
The drugs have an approximated value -according to military estimates- of almost 77 million Mexican Pesos (about 6.4 million USD)
The detainee explains that the route the drug travelled started in Navolato, crossed thru Culiacan, Guasave, Guamuchil and Los Mochis in Sinaloa, from there it entered Sonora passing thru Navojoa, Ciudad Obregon, Empalme and Guaymas.

 Then the cargo ship that covers the Guaymas-Santa Rosalia  route was used, from there it traveled by San Ignacio until the highway checkpoint where it was detected.
 
In the whole journey followed by the drugs nobody found it. Municipal, State, Ministerial and Federal police, even officers of the Navy Ministry didn´t discover the drugs which led to the detainee to believe he was “going to arrive without issues to Tijuana”.
 
The day of the seizure, the army men stopped vehicles in the San Ignacio community checkpoint and asked passengers to step out and allow for a routine check.
 
The officers told ZETA magazine that it was a high traffic day, because although few cars travelled the Transpeninsular highway, there were between 8 and 10 units awaiting examination.
 
The inspection was slow, since –according to military checkpoint protocols-, the passengers had to step out of the vehicles, explain their place of origin and destination, and also answer questions from an army officer regarding name and employment.

 All that data was written in a notebook along with the license plates, color, brand and model of the unit.
 
However, when the tanker was to be inspected the army personal noticed something was wrong right away. According to one of the officers that participated in the checkpoint there were many inconsistencies in the unit with the parameters set by the Energy Ministry. The following are some of them:
 
1.    The unit didn´t have the total capacity in liters painted on it.
2.    The number 1075 was missing from the red rhombus which is the mandatory    international symbol which identifies “LP Gas”.
3.    The unit was missing the “LP Gas distribution service” sticker.
All those were major clues to know that it was in fact a “camouflaged tanker”, then it was submitted to a meticulous inspection until they found the drug packages.
The driver was put under arrest and the drugs and unite were seized and put at the disposition of the Federal Attorney General office (Procuraduria General de la Republica).
Another major hit to the Sinaloa Cartel was given in November 19th, 2012 when officers belonging to the Mexican Navy seized 8 tons of marijuana that were being transported in deep seas aboard the shrimp vessel “Alejandro TJ”.
"Alejandro TJ"
In that operation there were 7 people arrested when they were detected 1.7 miles away from the Puerto Cortes naval base, in Isla Margarita. The vessel was carrying 2,292 packages of marijuana with a total weight of 8 thousand 127 kilograms.
The new route.

Navolato to Tijuana, new narco route.
The only detainee in the seizure said this wasn´t the first time he was in this situation and that he worked for the Sinaloa Cartel. The shipment was to be handed over in the city of Tijuana, in a place “yet to be defined”, and then sent to California. The criminal was not willing to cooperate until he “spoke with his lawyer”....[continues on next page]

About this historic seizure, and according to one member of the Coordination Group, the cartels are trying to change their drug smuggling routes, this after the Secondary Inspection Module in the maritime terminal in Pichilingue, La Paz stated operations, this is considered the main entrance spot in Baja California Sur.
This unit, which was inaugurated June 9th, 2012 is equipped with x-rays, weapon detectors, and the Plataforma Mexico system (which help identify criminals all over Mexico), it also has personnel from the State Public Safety Ministry, and Mexican Army and Navy.
From that point on and until January 2013, almost 20 criminals were apprehended when they arrived looking for a place to hide from their arrest warrants from states like Sinaloa, Baja California, Oaxaca, Durango and others.
That checkpoint is so functional that the United States Embassy recently proposed to include Baja California Sur in the Merida Initiative, and sent resources to equip the checkpoints in the airports of Los Cabos, La Paz and Guerrero Negro, because, according to an American Government analysis, “they are strategic points in matters of border security and inspection points in Mexico”.
In 2012, the terminal of Pichilingue was stage for some important hits, one of them in January 7th, when a shipment of 16 kilograms (35 lbs.) of heroin was seized. A smuggler by the name of Manuel Rodriguez Garcia was apprehended that day.
The drug belonged to Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, and was to be delivered to the State Police agent Miguel Alberto Ayala Peña, whom at the same time had to deliver it to the criminal organization known as “Los Zamudio”.
That same year, in the secondary inspection point the Mexican Army seized almost 650 kilograms of marijuana being transported in a “touristic” passenger bus. On this occasion 2 people were arrested, they confessed to be hired to transport the bus from Mazatlan to Vizcaino, and that the drug was to be handed over to the former plaza boss, Juan Beltran Beltran aka “El Indio”.
It was for this situation that the criminal organization of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman created a new route of drug smuggling –besides the ones he has by sea and air- between Guaymas, Sonora and Santa Rosalia. This new route offers some advantages according to a Coordination Group member analysis, the main ones being Santa Rosalia doesn´t have the high tech and certified personnel like Pichilingue and that Santa Rosalia has few personnel, mainly of the Navy Ministry and since it´s far from the main cities it’s not hard to bribe them.

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57 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

jaja i thought there was no CDS in navolato n that juarez cartel controlled that plaza i guess CDS operates and grows their marijuana there lol

K_Mennem said...

Is this different than the bust i reported on last month for the San Diego Reader? It looks similar but the stats are different.

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2013/mar/25/over-10-tons-of-drugs-seized-in-baja-california-su/

On March 24th, 5 tons of mj and 5 tons of crystal were seized near the same area.

Anonymous said...

The fact that there are still people out there who dares defy the drug cartel at great personal risks to themselves speaks volumes about the resilience and bravery of the Mexican people.
People like the health workers, armed forces, fire services etc.
Including people in the news services, both private and public.

Anonymous said...

Who is doing the math. In the 1st bust, 4.763 kilos is less than 4.5 tons. In the 2nd bust, 8,127 kilos is 4.0 tons.

Anonymous said...

That weed ain't worth one dime in cali

Anonymous said...

This is why chapo is taking over..no other cartel moves weight like this .....much less take a loss like this...buisness as usual for.chapo..this shipment got compromised but another ten made it through...i need some good weed to sell to my white friends

Anonymous said...

Puro pinche yonke para ponerse bien toztado

Chivis said...

Tijuano..
Congratulations on your first official post. The first of many from BC..

Welcome to BB....Paz, Chivis

Anonymous said...

While they caught a shipment of 5 tons they let pass 20 plus tons of the real money maker cocaine

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Anonymous said...

1202am you must be his left testicle.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ that's almost 10,000lbs of weed. Wonder if it even put a dent on his business. It be funny if we could find out he did this on purpose in order to move another load worth way more like cocaine or crystal meth.

Anonymous said...

They will store it in a warehouse and then resell it, mex gov is shit!!!

JGL said...

By sea it is the best, never again

Anonymous said...

all jefes and cartels wanna be like el chapo

Anonymous said...

They get the rag weed but little else.

Anonymous said...

Be careful what you post plebe

Anonymous said...

Who knows how many loads gor thru while the cops were preoccupied with this shipment.i dont consider weed a narcotic you dont do stupid things on it like a tweaker or a crackhead does but as long as its all illegal u will get all the nonsense thats going on

Anonymous said...

look on the map, the trail goes along the coast
how interesting, it must a one of the safest routes
for the cartels to move close to the water

Anonymous said...

Le valio verga las 5 tontas al compa inge??

Anonymous said...

Penny in the bucket for el señor GL. He's got un millón, milliones of dollars, what does he have to worry about. As long as they don't seize his coke, he's all good. The authorities will probably sell it back to him anyway!

I do believe El Señor has established an alliance with El Mochomo and his faction. According to the narco corrido "Las palabras del Mochomo", Alf. BL States how the war with Chapo and BLO was a misunderstanding, due to his capture, and that everthing has been settled. There has to be permission for artists to make corridos in which serious statements are made. Some grupero artists have lost their lives for making statements in their music. A music label like Del Records stands by the statements their artists make in their corridos. wink wink

Anonymous said...

that weed aint worth nothing in cali......looks to me thats where it was headed too

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Anonymous said...

There is no truce between blo and chapo.wait to see when he is released he is not going to be happy with his brothers deatg ofcourse there will be vengance

Anonymous said...

They barrowed it for a min then gave it back!!!!

Anonymous said...

this bust is a payment to nieto for letting him cross the real money making product...

Anonymous said...

Ok the shipment started in Navolato CarrilloFuentes

Anonymous said...

Its shipped to the tintos&guerros on the east coast. That shit is garbage up here in the bay

Chivis said...

LOKS:

I couldn't find it. what day was it posted? If you can send it to me that would be great. for my email click on my name under reporters and there is a tool on my link.

I checked last week to the W VZ prisoners release info and it said he was already released in march

Anonymous said...

U stupid fuck. Chivis, PLEASE don't post these stupid ass comments, these idiots collaborating with all this fuken mess. "Good weed to sell to my white friends"-one day you'll get caught u fuken loser n be crying like a lil bitch in jail.

Anonymous said...

you are dumb if u think chapo sent the marines to take out botas blancas. he was betrayed by his own squad. get your shit straight. attn.P@RR@ND3RO

Anonymous said...

Why? Chapo didn't kill his brother, It was la Marina. La Barbie set up Alfredo Beltran. So there's no reason why el Mochomo has beef with Chapo.

Anonymous said...

Thats why people shouldnt believe every anti cds comment they just love to hate with out any facts or knowing what really goes down

Anonymous said...

wow, i'm guessing they will get a shipping hazardous materials guideline book and maybe study it before they head out next time, it could have taken a few days to do some research or to hire a real pro who knows what the labels and colors mean, regardless if it is a big hit or not, it is still a lot of money

Anonymous said...

jajaja... "This new route offers some advantages according to a Coordination Group member analysis, the main ones being Santa Rosalia doesn´t have the high tech and certified personnel like Pichilingue and that Santa Rosalia has few personnel, mainly of the Navy Ministry and since it´s far from the main cities it’s not hard to bribe them." NOT HARD TO BRIBE THEM! loco. Mexi weed moves through Tijuana and California out to the Okies and mid west bunk smokers. Ghetto dope.

Anonymous said...

Arturo beltrab had beef with manuel torres chapo and all sinaloa cartel his son was even killed by blo . do you think chapo wants a truce with them ? also pne of mochomos nephew was kidnapped by chapos people . get ur info straight

Anonymous said...

Yup that mota aint shit in cali, aqui rifa la verde de humboldt county jajajaja puff puff give! chapo mota is disgusting pura cotten mouth jajajaaja. es para los negros and y los puerto ricos...Update, Le pusieron un cuatro al aquiles, heard hes been raided y se escapo.

AM1GO45, Tijuas y san diego rifa

Chivis said...

Loks - got it and wow....thank you

Anonymous said...

Supply and LOTS of demand buddy..u obviously need a reality check.mexico is nieghbor to the biggest drug market in the world..the most drug consuming nation that has ever exsisted in the history of the mankind...so please stop being a bigot

Anonymous said...

Lo k necesita el CDG es un jefe De verdad no Como el Mario x-20 k anda De traidor necesitan a alguen k ponga a la gente n sus puestos y te todo bien organizado otra ves y se dejen d mamadas entre eyos mismos att

Anonymous said...

You will get slapped in the bay tryna sell this

Anonymous said...

@April 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM so in other words your a cds cheerleader? lol they are criminals they got every right to be hated idiot.

Anonymous said...

There is cds is navolato...when Carrillos n beltrans started letting Zetas into navolato. A Zeta started taxing business someone reported it to cds people n the guy was gone in a couple if days

Anonymous said...

Nachos people not chapos

Anonymous said...

@Get your info straight, BLO had nothing to do with M1's son death, that was an entirely different beef that lead to his sons death.

Anonymous said...

Nacho asked chapo for permission to take mochomos nephew and chapo gave the thumbs up to do so some beltran family member left culican and m1 Son was killed by MP and borrado plp its said that chapo sworn to M1 That he would dissapear the beltranes wich he never did. and you expect mochomo to have peace with chapo amd his plp LMAO

Anonymous said...

Whose ever load it was, should of just paid that AFO tax man. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

@1:44pm M1's son was not killed by THEM ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? It was conflict he had within his own family that lead to his sons death. The fool M1 himself didn't even know that, at least for a while that is.

Anonymous said...

True the chronic is king and the future now, but 5 tons of midgrades is still big money.they go for 900 in the windy city and 1000 to 1200 out east.the hood and poor people need their blunt too.the payday of nine to twelve million dollars is one I would never complain about.profit is always supreme whens its green all the way around.cali and zona are just staging areas before the semis start trucking to the midwest and the eastern markets.puro jalisco y michoacan.tiramos las medianas al hood pero fumamos lo mejor de califas, colorado,y los labs localles.grifo 420 10-4.suerte

Anonymous said...

You people posting that the weeds garbage in cali an wont sell duh prop 215 1996 ring a bell its a point of entry and from there a ton this way ton that way the from there 500 packs this way 250 there all the way til it hits houston atlanta chicago new york all major cities are hubs and theres plenty smaller cities that make up the rest of usa besides only 14-15 states have mmj laws so your avg consumer in usa consumes tons an tons of dirt weed we will call it however in past decade from learning from medical growers the mexican growers are finally learning to remove the macho before it polinates all females thus creating seeds im from WI close to chicago a major city your comments shouldnt be allowed you sound 14 youd get slapped sellin that in the bay an knowbody even knows the quality dirt mids outdoor dro... Get a clue about the way its been working youngster

Anonymous said...

Mids a grand a lb in chitown 3 hours north 1600 same lb 2 hours more north possible 2 grand a lb in the game theres two factors how good your connections are an how good your customers are cuz in same city same lb may cost 1200 to dude a and dude b is paying 1800 sorry 3 factors all about who you know an who they know end of story money is money i dont care what your selling and id take a free ton of dirty seedy weed anyday cuz pop it off for 250x 2000 lbs do the math

Anonymous said...

In WI ive seen weed range from 300 a lb to 6,400 a lb in WI thats wisconsin in case you dont think everything under the sun isnt there besides cows cheese packers try a major city in the center of usa called CHICAGO so you close to a major city you plugged
Done ranting soory i just cant stand ignorant posts some days

Anonymous said...

An last but not least these guys are pros regular dirt weed gooes for 250 pesos a kilo that buying one buy as many as this bust prob paid 50-100 pesos a kilo which is 2.2 lbs or 1000 grams but say 100 pesos at todays currency exchange dollar to peso 1 usd is 12.20 pesos so $8.00 dollars a key was paid for the weed then driver fees pay offs an not making truck legit these guys are pros for sure a couple proper cars trucks semis etc passed with 100-500 kilos of heroin cuz thats the money maker powder brown or grey h from where its made in mexico plus driver an fees each kilo is worth double at wholesale price in chicago then sent to philly nj . Ny chi 45 g philly 53 ny, nj 58-60 a key at wholesale then its givin to gangbangers who cut an dime bag lil baggies with stamps so users knows whats the good on the street ... And if you think i dont know what im talking about good for you cuz when you speak truth nothin else really matters of what others say

Anonymous said...

Brave or sick and tired? These people are sick and tired and you're talking in circles

Anonymous said...

You're an idiot

Anonymous said...

If you know how to push weight it's worth a lot

Anonymous said...

@2:21 your right im an idiot .... You know me and you know so much about the game that im an idiot... Can or if anyone who knows how it works back me up or is this just a sight of people that dont relize how things work an where is my circle talk point it out 17 yr old whos the bigg man prob driving a car so flashy it bleeps like a red dot to police an jackers real hustlers keep it stock big boy callin me an idiot id like you to say that to my face youngster def youngster by choice of vocabulary

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