Friday, July 18, 2014

Mexican Consulate Employee Busted Hauling 100 lbs Of Cocaine Into U.S.

Borderland Beat posted by Topher 
On the morning of April 25, Jose Moreno Serrano pulled his Dodge SUV into a border checkpoint in Arizona, ostensibly on his way to work at the Mexican Consulate in nearby Yuma.

Using his consulate VISA and SENTRI pass — essentially a “fast pass” for frequent border crossers — Moreno quickly moved through security and into the United States at 7:42 a.m.

Less than an hour later, Moreno was arrested by federal officials for transporting 100 pounds of cocaine, hidden in a secret compartment in his SUV.

With a street value of more than $2.7 million, the bust was a significant haul for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security. The arrest of Moreno — a low-level, consulate employee — highlights how deeply entrenched the drug cartels have become on both sides of the border.

Moreno, whose job at the consulate involved working with Mexican nationals involved in the U.S. criminal justice system, would later tell investigators “he was being paid $4,000 for the delivery,” which was his second that week.

But court documents show DHS agents had opened an investigation into Moreno in the fall of 2013 and began keeping tabs on his comings and goings across the border.

Sometime between December and March, DHS agents placed a GPS tracking device on Moreno’s SUV, at which time they discovered two hidden compartments built into the undercarriage of the vehicle.

Moreno remained under surveillance until the morning of April 25, when according to a DHS source familiar with the case, he deviated from his normal route to work. That aroused the suspicions of the two agents who were following Moreno.

Shortly after 7:45 a.m., the agents, identified in court documents as E. Tolman and F. Gonzalez, pulled Moreno over. They informed him they were conducting an “extended border search” — a legal doctrine that provides law enforcement with more leeway than under traditional search and seizure rules — of his vehicle.

Inside the hidden compartments agents found “several black taped packages … the combined gross weight of the packages is 45.85 kilograms/101.1 pounds,” according to the court documents.

According to a Mexican government official Moreno, who worked in a non-diplomatic capacity, had his temporary contract with the consulate terminated after his arrest, and the Mexican government is not providing him with assistance in his pending legal case.

Between 2005 and 2011, 233,000 pounds of cocaine were seized along the southern border

Source:BUZZFEED

26 comments:

  1. Let's have a war on corruption, so citizens can persue politicians. Let's have more incarcerated for corruption than drug dealing then the cycle will end. Legalize and treat the ailment. By waging a war on people who are aflicted. You only mae the demand worse. Corruption and fighting this drug war is where the money is. There's a video on TYT on you tube ,where they say El Chapo thanked past US presidents for helping him by keeping drug illegal. If that plus the 40 year failure this war has been. They say worrying about things is like praying for what you don't want to happen. This war on drugs is similar to prohibition. But the worse happens far away from the everyday sheeple of America. Finally the people who have become displaced because of US clandestine activities. Will come by the droves to this promised land. Because back home they where promised. Drug thirsty Americans ready to make them rich. Some want to work honesty. But an honest migrant workers pay doesn't live up to the dream. And just like the person who was busted in this story. They will dare to dream big. 45k at $500 average. 22,500 in a day, maybe a weeks, pay. 4,500 if he was just going to cross I suspect. But I know that times get tough and if you're a broke american citizen, and 20,000 dollars in a week doesn't grab you. Then you're probably not hungry enough. 20 thousand buys alot of mayonnaise sandwiches. Heck! Throw some Spam on the pan hun. Double wide livin' would never be the same again.

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  2. Another crooked sob

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  3. USA knows who's corrupt in Mexico... why they act stupid....

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    1. Because they are currupt.

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  4. Who can you trust in Mexico?

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  5. 233 000 pounds seized in six years, and they keep trying, they are said to seize only about 10% of the total trafficked, most of it little ma' and pa' greasy spoon contrabando hormiga. please, tell how come whole whale sized planeloads that come by, what, CIA, planes? do not get sized?there is testimony by sworn officers about mena airport, barry seal, about the hank rohn brothers of the atracomulco group, taesa airlines, and amado carrillo's air force, and televisa hot vans, only the operation mayan jaguar that produced 1.5 billion dollars for genaro garcia luna's pocket change to shut the fuck up, but nothing memorable in general.
    --bottom line, the cash haul does not cover the expense, and i suspect the drugs caught do make it to the final destination, the customer...

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  6. Who are these ICE/Customs agents fooling. The biggest drug traffickers are the members of the same govt. they work for in different agencies: CIA, DEA, DIA. Until this infrastructure of drug trafficking is dismantled we are just going in circles in this charade called the war on drugs. I'll like to also mention the fact that the federal reserve is a private bank and govt. unto itself that answers to no one. The IRS is the enforcement wing of the federal reserve. A lot of the money laundered in U.S. banks are those governed by the federal reserve.

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  7. True the u.s only busts smaller whole sale people or small street level dealers put the coke back on the streets and arrest an endless amout of people for drug possesion take them to court put them on probation and keep the money rollin in this is exactly how my lawyer told me it was and he was a former district attorney in west texas he said the drug business was a monster too big to stop so they could only try to control it but not end it because its a big benefit for the goverment money wise.

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    1. Well said there partner...

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    2. Yes that is exactly what ive been saying for years without drugs there would be less cops less jobs less money .both sides benefit from this mayne

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  8. There is money to be made in the drug war. He only did what millions and millions and millions of other red blooded Americans would have done if given the chance.

    THE DRUG WAR IS THE WORK OF SATAN

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  9. Why did they not wait until he delivered the drugs and capture the others?

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    1. I guess it slipped their mind ?lol.

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  10. those who demand legalization as the prize extorted for all the criminal consequences like murder and imprisoned people, and the expense will'fimd that legalization benefits those that have been putting them in prison, lawyers, judges, doctors, law enforcement, and lawmakers are making sure that nobody with a criminal record gets a license to sell their medical grifa to perfectly sane people, like collidge students, and the high prices will keep the business of selling cheap men's dope illegal and that world will keep being prosecuted, read the small print honey, don't get a nasty but very legal surprise when they arrest your ass, aye?

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    1. Legalization doesn't really affect the cartels that much because major loads of weed is still being moved to Colorado, and Washington state theres a shortage in weed and the only ones who could keep up with the demand Is the cartels and most dispensaries are starting to buy loads and loads of weed off the cartels

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    2. Legalization doesn't really affect the cartels that much because major loads of weed is still being moved to Colorado, and Washington state theres a shortage in weed and the only ones who could keep up with the demand Is the cartels and most dispensaries are starting to buy loads and loads of weed off the cartels

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    3. That's just not true crime is down in Colorado since it was legalized. For the first time mexican marijuana farmers have stopped growing for the first time. Any trafficker sending to Colorado is wasting his time. The bud is just better than the poorly packaged and badly cured, seeded weed.

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  11. legalization the way it is, only makes dope more expensive and for the rich, poor people will keep to cheap dope and cheap crime in the cheap trenches,
    it is all bullshit. and this guy could not be caught delivering, the US government is not going to jeopardize their assets, they are only taking care of the independents and the competition, and don't worry, your dope will get to you asap...

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  12. So that means that this guy alone makes up half of the total seized. ..border patrol is slacking!

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  13. Nice grab. Mexican Consulate. Haaa! Stay classy México.

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  14. Wow, he was a cheap date.. thats basically what, like a thousandth of one percent of the supposed made up street value

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    1. I know. Total dumb arss. Id have AT LEAST asked for like...4500...5000... Haha. But really, anyone asked me to move that much for 4k? Id have laughed til i cried and pissed myself.

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  15. Let's just close the border, and not let anyone in our out. America has to deal with her issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Do they have scales at checkpoints? I mean if they could weigh each vehicle and it was above its weight then it would be subject to search. Just wondering.

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