8 Tons of product de Aquiles seized in Tijuana
In the latest large drug seizure in Tijuana, shortly on the heels of a 319 kilos of cocaine in a safe house, and 19 tons of marijuana at Otay, 8 tons were seized in Cerro Colorado. The product was taken last week, on March 27. Authorities conducting searches checked a white freight liner, tractor, eventually using K-9 dogs, revealing 8 tons of marijuana, in marked packages.
The packages were marked with 'A' and 'J' letters, and intelligence from unknown sources indicates this is the insignia, or one of the insignias of Aquiles. Previous ones included the Captain America logo, on marijuana bales heading into the US from a Tijuana based tunnel, which were found in November 2011.
Alfredo Arteaga Azarte, and his brother 'La Rana' are said to be the chosen people of Mayo Zambada in Tijuana. They along with a lengthy list of alleged Sinaloa family and associates are under indictment in San Diego, for drug trafficking conspiracy charges. So far they have evaded all attempts, though cell members and enforcers have been detained.
Aquiles and La Rana came into prominence in the post Teo days, proving themselves as reliable conduits for shipments through Baja and Tijuana, and they grew in power since, maneuvering through the retail wars, arrests, murders that took many of the cells and lieutenants down over the last 5 years. The shifting alliances were bloody and chaotic, and Aquiles and La Rana, considered the enforcer of the two, have had a price on their heads since 2010.
Sources: AFN Tijuana