Friday, April 3, 2015

1,270 pounds of marijuana seized in San Diego Bay

San Diego Mission Bay: 2 Pangas with over a ton of marijuana seized

Since Sinaloa began using the Tijuana plaza heavily in the years post 2008, after arrangements were made between Fernando Sanchez Arellano (now detained), Alfredo Azarte Arteaga, (El Aquiles) and the people of Isamel Zambada Garcia, El Mayo, large marijuana seizures have become extremely commonplace.  

On a rough average of 8-10 times a year, heavily loaded pangs running up from Baja and Baja Sur, are stopped by US law enforcement assets, often the CBP federal maritime smuggling task force, and the Coast Guard.  The pangas are sometimes as far of as the Channel Islands, with boats being found off Catalina Island, and washing ashore in Orange County, the product destined for Los Angeles. In many instances they are laden with human cargo too, as immigrants paying over 6,000k apiece are bundled with the marijuana.  

On San Diego's beaches, from Del Mar to Imperial Beach, brazen smuggling attempts are documented.  Sometimes they lead to chases and smugglers throwing their cargo overboard.  The boats are often quick, some being stripped of anything besides the engines, and loaded with fuel and bales of marijuana, coming up from Sinaloa and the Golden Triangle.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7Jq9s_1hYY

10news video report

Occasionally crystal meth in multi pound quantities is found as well, but normally only marijuana is trafficked in this method.  It's bulkiness and relatively low cost of production and transportation make  this a relatively practical method.  For those in upper tier positions, if 4 get through and one get stopped, the losses are easily absorbed.  

In this weeks case, members of the Federal Marine task force approached a 29 ft Amato panda headed for the Dana Landing, and executed a document check, and subsequent K-9 search of the vessel, after noticing an anomaly on the deck.  104 bales of marijuana were found concealed, and the three men were arrested on federal charges.  

Later that evening, after 6:00 PM, task force officers conducting searches using a dog, discovered another boat, docked at the same landing, containing 109 bales of marijuana, no arrests were made.  In total the drugs were said to be worth just over three quarters of a million dollars, at 760,000 dollars.  According to that estimation the pounds were each equal to about $600.  This is what they are worth in San Diego, roughly, depending on quality and amount purchased.  Their final destination likely will somewhere South or East where the cost is substantially higher.

News reports and statements from arresting agencies say nothing regarding the seizure, however based on the facts as they have been reported it is likely the two seizures were related.  It is also a possibility the boats were not randomly found, but the result of an investigation.  Given  the chronology and proximity it is also likely information from the first arrests, prompted the second seizure, either by information given, or taken from the suspects.  


Sources: UT San Diego, NBC 7, 10news.  


43 comments:

  1. Must be hard to move 'Mississippi Ditch Weed' aka 'Trainwreck' these days. K. Onda

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    1. No body cares about that ditch weed anymore, even the narcos themselves trow the bricks to the Laws to get confiscated, they know is the lowest quality they carry.
      That american '"kush'" is a thousand times better no need to smoke ditch weed.

      - La Pauta

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    2. Actually if you want to get technical no one calls it trainwreck call it bammer or reggie the strain traincwreck is actually a Thai sativa and a Mexican sativa and a Afghani indica grown back in the 1970s in California. Don't call it train wreck your giviing that strain A bad reputation when in reality it's not what you say it is we are talking California primo here not Mexican chapo weed.

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    3. Wow , youre quite the weedoligist

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    4. Thanks for the information. Others would disagree with your analysis. In fact, there is a book about the medical marijuana industry that specifically discusses the genesis of 'trainwreck'. You may be correct but I do not recall, from the reports of others, that 70's Calif. weed was anything to write home about. I may be wrong, but I am wrong with conviction.

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    5. He was just saying it was grown In the 1970s

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  2. these kinds of seizures don't mean anything to me anymore. Ive come to see the farce of the drug war. I mean article after article lauds the success of law enforcement after these seizures or arrests but really they mean nothing. I've come to think that these "busts" are also orchestrated in such a way to throw law enforcement a bone every once in a while. Thanks BB for opening my eyes.

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    1. Your welcome brother!

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  3. 2 tons at the TX border now means nothing. CA less?

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    1. You heard the man, shit means Nott'N. DEA agents parting with drug lords means much more

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    2. They party with them on weekends in California and in BC... what are you talking about

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  4. Blah blah blah.....no one buys mexican marihuana anymore......blah blah blah

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    1. the blacks and Hispanics here in tampa florida still smoke n sell that shitty ditch weed. We call it Ttown brown or just shit. The cartels have to be selling it or they wouldn't be going thru the trouble to get it here

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    2. "No one buys brick weed" and " the smugglers let the authorities catch this load so they could cross a much bigger load elswhere" are becoming the new "chapo snitched"!

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    3. 6:44 it is all them broke asses smoke, I highly doubt there are that many pendejos stupid enough to want to smoke the strong expensive shit AND have the money to buy it, let's say it is their dirty little secret

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    4. To 5:38,
      So all the white people in the states only buy and smoke high grade weed , you obviously don't know shit.
      I know a bunch of white people who smoke Mexican bud, drugs are like like any other product the better the quality the higher the price there is a product for every class out there, for example beer's and cigarettes. And yes there is a market for it all or else it wouldn't be harvested.



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    5. Smoke bachas if you have to, and never drink any beer that cost more than $0.30 cents a can, and keep your macetas at home...

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    6. Hey tampa.. im from bradenton.. a few years ago i was moving 100lbs a week of that shit.. it wasnt ttoo bAd though.. it got sold as zona.. now though, too many grow houses in lakeland and polk county.. no.body wants that brick.. shit made me a nice retirement account tho

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  5. Did another artist die? Do your home work.

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  6. It's just a monthly payment so they can keep moving coke,meth and heroin ..
    Free chapo!!

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  7. You would not accept anything from a known rapist sex offender, but you accept things from friends, easy, and FRIENDS ARE WHO USUALLY "GIVE" YOU YOUR FIRST DRUGS...
    WHEN YOU ARE IN, THEY START NEEDING "COOPERATION"...
    SOON YOU ARE HIDING TO BUY FOR YOURSELF, YOUR OWN, YOURS ONLY.
    something should be done.about "friends" who offer people any kind of drugs it is not about being free.to say no, it is about not offering shit with your friendship... yeah, good luck ...

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    1. Yo quiero un amigo de esos :) Una vez conocí a un cuate que si le entraba a eso y mas, pero como que no le hice mucho caso y hace rato que no lo veo. Ahora como que tengo mas curiosidad y creo que si me animo.

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    2. There are no friends in the drug industry of any level.

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    3. Yes there are friends, when you are young and don't know any better, they are the ones who get you in, "for free..."

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  8. They've been finding stashes here in Tijuana in the multi-ton range, so in a way, yes, 2 tons is becoming commonplace.

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  9. Hate to be a nit-picker, but the headline says "over a ton" seized. Actually, 1270 lb. is closer to HALF a ton. About 5/8, actually. (Just sayin').

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  10. It's $275 a pound in San Diego. Anyway, that's what I heard from Someone who isn't me....

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  11. Pot is ten dollars a kilo.it'such a waste of money.court.prison.for Mexican shit weed.

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  12. Nobody buys Mexican weed but they sure buy coca crystal heroin from Mexican s they still control drugs in U.S.

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  13. It's $15-$19 a kilo in El Salto DGO and $19-24 kilo in Mazatlan and Culiavan depending on if it's sensemilla and when harvested. The mota grown up here is strong and gringos buy as fast as it goes north.

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  14. Great news !!!!!! Damn , I'm proud of the Boys & Girls on the front lines .

    However , with legalization medical/recreational in several states kind of sort of ohhh well . But had to be done until prohibition ends. Just like the newsreels said at the day after prohibition of alcohol ended. Quote " Say good bye to the barrel busters.... 500,000 jobs created overnight and more to come " Quote.

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  15. If that weed didn't sell these wouldn't be smuggling it. It sells just fine to the low income junkies.

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    1. Exactly it does sell its not as bad as it use to be looks a lot diffrent now still would prefer some kush or purple

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  16. 6000k is 6000x1000(6 million dollars)..I doubt anyone is paying that to come to the US..maybe they mean 6k($6000)..DWW

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    1. In the 70's $500.00 paid for your coyote, easy job, you come in to make $2.00 an hour.
      Now you make about 8 or $10,00 an hour, it is riskier, involves prison time now too, so $6000.00 just about makes it worth the risks...

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  17. Leave the weed alone, figure out a solution for drought!!!

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  18. Verde limón, sin semilla,colita de borrego,acapulco gold and oaxaca guayaba...just so you know.

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    1. If only that mexican ditch weed. was like that Acapulco Gold, now that would be something else

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  19. There's enormous market In USA for mota de la sierra and always will be. Just b/c some drug users like higher THC mota doesn't mean that everyone does. Many people have responsibilities and big jobs and don't want to limit their productivity by smoking strong mota. Come to Culiacan or any town along Carretera 15 after September and even the corn, mango and dried shrimp vendors at the stop lights have dollars b/c there are so many dollars in our economy after the big mota harvests.

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    1. Fair enough. Thank you.

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  20. I'd buy it buy the kilo and smoke da shit out of it, or better still, use it to make brownies and ice hash and brew "weed beer" with . . . IF ONLY the bastards that I work for didn't piss test me! And yes, I'm white, almost 60 years old, and live right on da border.

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