Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sinaloa Cartel: largest heroin seizure in New York history

Lucio R. Borderland Beat republished from NY Post


Narcotics cops in the Bronx confiscated more than 70 kilograms of heroin, valued at more than $50 million in a record-breaking bust that netted $2 million in cash and a firearm.

“To put it in perspective, this load was so large it carried the potential of supplying a dose of heroin to every man, woman and child in New York City,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan.

Authorities said the mammoth stash, tucked away in the bowels of a large SUV, was just one in a series of shipments slated for delivery throughout the five boroughs, as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

This particularly shipment — a massive load of narcotics and cash — was recovered from a vehicle and an apartment in the Fieldston section of the Bronx, not far from Horace Mann School, where children sit in class every day, and adjacent to Van Cortlandt Park, where families are just beginning to enjoy the warm weather.

Arrested were Jose Mercedes, aka “Hippie,” who was described as the head of the multi-million organization. Also arrested was Yenci Cruz Francisco. They are charged with operating as a major trafficker and first-degree criminal Possession of a controlled substance.


They were both arrested Sunday, and arraigned Monday night in Manhattan Criminal Court, and held without bail. Two additional defendants were arrested in November.

“The $50 million street value of the heroin in this case is a conservative estimate,” said Brennan of the record-breaking seizure. “While this important seizure stopped a huge amount of heroin from flooding our city, it also highlights the critical need to intercept heroin before it ever reaches our region.”

“New York City is the bull’s eye for drug traffickers and heroin is their weapon,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt

Investigators used wiretaps to learn that a local drug trafficking crew was receiving sizable shipments of heroin at least once a month from suppliers in Culican, Mexico, an area controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel.

 Last week, cops intercepted phone conversations about a large load of heroin that was expected to be delivered over the weekend.

Agents set up surveillance outside 210 West 251st St. in Fieldston, where the organization was suspected of maintaining a stash location in Apt. 5E.

A day before the arrests, agents tracked a Chevrolet Suburban and a Honda Accord driven by Mercedes, Cruz Francisco and a third crew member from the Bronx site to a parking lot in Montville, NJ, where tractor-trailers were parked.

More than an hour later, the vehicles headed back to the Bronx. The next morning, cops stopped Mercedes as he tried to pull away in the SUV, and searched the vehicle.

A hidden compartment under the floor of the vehicle contained 70 rectangular-shaped kilogram packages of heroin labeled with the identifying name of “Rolex.” Also inside the vehicle was $24,000 cash.

Agents conducted a series of court authorized searches at apartments associated with the group. Inside the West 251st Street apartment, agents recovered $2 million from underneath the floorboards.

A search at a Magenta Street apartment in the Bronx yielded a .380 caliber firearm.

71 comments:

  1. I highly doubt Sinaloa fronted this guy that much heroin if anything the guy who took the hit wAs the man arrested. Sinaloa got paid when the order was put in for the heroin. so unless this guy has the same kind of pull the Flores Twins had Sinaloa cartel shouldn't be bothered after all they got paid.

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    1. No shit would you front that much money?.

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    2. your right, you should contact the Justice Department and tell them thy are wrong. They may give you an award for brilliance

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    3. Ziiiing...!! Good one..

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    4. Or we should all just stop asking dumb ass questions.

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    5. @ 7:52 you would front that money if they came back to you 20 times with the money and made you a lot of money. They get busted eventually, who cares? you already made millions of dollars off them

      The drug business isn't a legitimate business. Cartels and independent drug dealers will give people drugs on credit if they can get rid of it... It's a risky business. It's not like you are selling Iphones to retailers.. If you find someone who can sell a lot of drugs, regardless if they have the money upfront, as long as you feel you can trust them chances are you will give it to them.

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    6. 7:30 speaks truth..

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    7. Bingo 10:16. At this level we are talking a vertical monopoly and a commodity. Risk comes with the territory; no risk/no dough. K.O.

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    8. You are wrong, if they are sending that much dope the have just about the same pull as the snitches and for damn sure that shit was fronted.

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    9. Of course this comes across frontera on credit to distributors. You have no idea what little investment it takes to process goma to heroina. The farmers in la sierra get paid almost nothing and then to refine outside Culiacan, in El Salto o Durango is the first major cost input - but el Rolex alijo from the labratorio is nothing and the money comes back after a shipment that big

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    10. Street value vs intrinsic value, this drug with high probability only cost around 1 million dollar of I. Value, this is the only loss for the investor or sinaloa cartel, but he already got paid more than 100 times on the good trades so he can easily affort to lose once every month...Math a tool to thinking.

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    11. Boy Howdy 3:25. K.O.

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    12. Maybe is easy to process goma to chiva or black tar but to heroin #4 not really. Mexican cartels didn't had that knowledge not so long ago.

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    13. Things are changing 5:23. Better living thru chemistry will soon be happening in the Mexican heartland nevermind today's news about making heroin out of yeast sans opium poppy. There have been a few reports that some cartels have imported French chemists to change the process and some reports of high levels of purity. The farmers have to be on board and that, I guess, is a process. I would like to know the purity of the recent seizure, but I believe it is probably still 'black' although, my point, do not underestimate the business acumen of the cartels. They saw their way to evil, nasty meth, heroin is actually an easier process...so I read. K.O.

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    14. Regardless they shud never of got arrested because they did no wrong there has to be a victim to move a claim their fictional criminal complaint is all conjecture it holds no truth those man are wrong fully imprisoned and that amount the fiction prosecuted probably Guna make them die in jail for lies this is a common law nation their has to be a man or woman claiming facts that you did them wrong society crimes are fiction it is only real if you fall for their trick by askin u your name and by making u call yourself a person they trick the public how is a man or woman a person or a name does that even make sence go study common law I feel Sry for them because it is all wrong wat the government is doin to the public they were created to protect man and woman and they just do the ppl wrong 😫😫👎👎

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    15. Tell it to the judge, that is all the cops say, and the judges are not going to believe accused criminals who are as good as gone...
      --Maybe, perhaps, the public defenders should do sompim' about it?

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    16. You all who think that these guys arent getting it on credit are wrong, that is not how the drug trade works. Plain and simple. The drug trade is all based on Trust,Fonts and Taxes.
      Munke

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  2. Things must be good for NY police Good Job Boys

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  3. This is that so called white China heroine right

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    1. I remembered some one on here said the east cost only had China white and it came from Asia lmao looks like culiacan got it to lol

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    2. Mexican black tar

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    3. Yeah that is china white and mexico does supply that, but is in my understanding that most china white comes from Afghanistan. Not sure if its the same now after the war but i know it was that way before.

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  4. It's only worth 50 million cuz the further east the more it costs

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    1. I wonder how you came up with that conclusion captain obvious.

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  5. Soy la Suerte chino ......

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    1. Este Buey....ya escuchaste el corrido que canta Lenin Ramirez...lol

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    2. Ese wey se retiro compa

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  6. Simple solution, if a grower in the Sinaloa mountain s grows opium,arrest him and confiscate the land.sadly the legalization of weed is making farmers grow opium . Just stick with legit veggies,greedy hillbillies.

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    1. Im sure these farmers want nothing to do with the drug trade but are simply either too scared to say no or are forced into letting these cartels use their farm land. I know this first hand as our family has had these same issues before and its hard to run off a truck full of men who have machine guns. Calling the local authorities who work hand in hand with the cartels only tips them off to who's reporting them. Its a no win situation for the land owners

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    2. They are children that work and guard the fields. They have little knowledge beyond what they are paid and fed to do. They are simple people who are only surviving and taking care of viejos and their mind knows little beyond their ejidos, la sierra and fields they work.

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    3. Farmers do not get even 2% of the profits from drug trafficking, why pick on them?
      --It is a world of slave labor again, all over the world, not that capitalism is dying of need and has to exploit laborers or farmers, it is just that there is a need to exploit and optimize the exploitation to the nth level for benefit of more and more profit...

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  7. These guys probably thought the u.s. Was still working with the snitcholuenses lol

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  8. @7:58pm that's funny shit...lol... That guy should work with the intelligence team..
    hahaha

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  9. NYC is usually Puerto Rican and Dominican territory when it comes to drugs.

    This just goes to show how aggressive Mexican cartels are becoming when it comes to drugs. They want to take over the whole USA drug trade.

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    1. Hahaha where u think those puerto rican and Dominicans get most of there drugs from ,look up el chino boricua corrido

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    2. No it just shows they were working with puerto ricans. And mexicans do own the whole drug trade their the main supply.

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    3. Lets not forget that sinaloa has been supplying these puerto rican and dominicans for some time now through the Gastelum family. Just because they run the city doesn't mean they are top dog, their suppliers are. They are the ones making the most money. In other words the most powerful.

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    4. They can be cuban too but they still buy the drugs from mexican cartels

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    5. Lmao it can be there territory all they want but at the end of the day they got that product from mexicans. And they pretty much have I don't see anyone rivaling them. At least not in the United states. Europe and other foreign places are a different story.

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    6. the guys arrested were Dominican, they distributed the drugs to other Dominican and rican dealers in the area

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    7. Yeah those Dominicans and PR really have it locked down in Harlem and all of lower Manhatten. Why make up shit you know nada about? Every race in every city of America has big distributors but so many people in here either talk what they don't know or make the most ridiculous generalizations!

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    8. @ 3:36 I don't know about higher level drug distribution. I'm not buying millions of dollars worth of heroin.. are you?

      Just saying on the street level and mid to somewhat upper level in NYC and east coast it's mostly run by Dominicans and Puerto Ricans... This is common knowledge that anyone can find out.

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  10. El cartel de sinaloa is more power than the the russian mafia taking 50 millions is like taking a dollar 4 them el mayo is probaly in hawaii laughing of the DEA

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    1. Yeah el Mayo is laughing just like Chapo used to laugh huh?

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    2. Yeah the sinaloa cartel was the most powerful cartel in the world since the cdg zeta split until 2013 may be the Russian mobs are huge and sophisticated they make money in ways you can't begging to imagine also you got the Chinese and Japanese mobs the Sicilians the calabrians the mobs from naples.shit the cjng is pretty powerful in a cdg narcissists from the matamoros faction to the Reynosa faction el menchos people were referred to as untouchables.so I disagree the cds while powerful is not the world's most powerful mob may be not even the most powerful cartel.and in the movies other may be to men like Warren Buffett might not hurt to loose 50 mill. If that load was fronted wich is most likely or at least 75% fronted believe you me there's some mad mofos in Mexico pulling their hair out over that one

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    3. The power that the Russian mafia has is that they don't "exist". They respect each other ranks and work together regardless of where in Russia they come from. While the Mexican cartels divide and fight each other that's something the Russians will never do. Heck even the Beltran Leyva and CDG used to hire Russian mercenaries to train their sicarios.

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    4. @ 5:41 Russia may not be Mexico but it is still has one of the highest murder rates in the world and is known to a be a huge human/arm trafficking country.

      It is not a country that is known for having a low crime rate. So lets not act like the Russian Mafia has kept Russia from becoming a high crime country. In fact it has done the opposite.

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  11. The puertoricans hating on the mexicans??snitching??giving dea phone number since that's all they need to at your phone

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  12. I bet they got payed and turned this guy in cat and mouse game.

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  13. Long time NYC heroin addict here, even when they bust 20+ lbs (which seems like its monthly here in tristate area), I have never seen supply disrupted for even a day in my approximately 25yrs on this shite. Yes this is/was PR/DR territory, but i have asked around, and Mexicans are now wholesaling white dope (not that west coast tar crap). So things are steadily changing as the Mexicans replace the PR/DR in traditionally Hispanic hoods. And yes, they figured out they need to sell white dope if they want in to the long term Northeast market. My two cents

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    1. Damn you can live 25+ plus years being addicted to that shit ? How do u do it , with not overdosing or having money to do it

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    2. 8:29am
      A lot of people live addicted to drugs for decades

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    3. Lol heroin is non toxic that means it doesn't destroy your brain like meth or your heart like cocaine. The average heroin user does it for 10—15 years. Is similar to alcoholism, is a slow addiction.

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    4. 7:22 sounds like a heroin addict... Heroin is non toxic lol it has vitamins a and c ... Drug addicts always think their drug of choice is the safest

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    5. It is non toxic from a scientific point of view. It is not neurotoxic or cardiotoxic. Even weed has more neurotoxins than heroin/opiates. Im not saying it's safe, is really addictive but from there to think every heroin addict dies like a crack head is really naive.

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  14. $50 000 000.00, usd, worth of heroin, for 70 kilos, seems like if you cut and cut and cut it, you may get the price right, but I doubt the owners of that stash paid or fronted 50 million for it, maybe 4 or 5 million dollars invested there... also as war winds down on afghanistan, who will pick up the heroin trade?

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  15. when you guys going to cover memos arrest? He got picked up in Culiacan the other day...

    http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/nota.php?nota=51324

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  16. Gomeros sinaloenses

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  17. This guy bought it in mexico transported it to nyc and only spent 5 mill no one is crying but him sure he well conected and they fronted some but most was payed for the cartel not gona front u all that no way

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    1. 70? They will front 70 kilos like nothing, shit if youre really movibg weight theyll front you 100-150 kilos of coke no moneh down it just depends on your built up credit with them and your sbility to make money

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  18. a lot of times sinaloa buys from other people like Guerrero. or michoacan and they sell it to u.s. Guerrero is a big distributor of heroin.

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  19. Cjng taking over

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  20. SUV ?? Chicken feed, big dogs move their crap in 18 wheelers.

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    1. He picked them up in NJ,where 18 wheelers had dropped it off..idiot.

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    2. have a nice day too, '' brother ''

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  21. 50 million$??? Is it magic heroin? 700$ a gram? Either the cops' estimate is wrong or the target consumer of this stash is the Forbes top 100 list.

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    1. Totally agree with you. The government ALWAYS does this when they make a large bust. They don't advertise the actual wholesale cost of the drugs, which for 70 kilos of heroin, even being VERY generous being purchased wholesale lets say $100k a kilo, is $7million tops. Anyone even PARTLY in the "know" knows that $50million for 70 kilos is absolutely ridiculous! But of course the DEA and Pigs don't advertise the realistic price of the seizure, they break it down to the total $$ you'd get if you sold it gram by gram, point by point, and even then they probably throw a couple million on top. For example, lets say they seized a kilo of pure coke off someone in LA, which (i have heard) goes for $20k-$30k AT MOST. In the newspapers the next day they would call it like a $150k seizure or something ridiculous like that…they just want to make themselves look as though they have "dismantled" or "delivered a serious blow" to the Cartel or Organization that they are targeting, when we all know that its only a drop in the bucket.

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  22. So what!
    A declaration of Mission Accomplished!
    And what will change other than a few more Mexicans will be added to the largest prison population on the planet!
    Hilarious!

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  23. Ny daily news reported that 2 members of his family had to stay behind in mexico just in case something happened to the shipment..it said they were not being held captive but were being watched very closely where ever they went.

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  24. I remember back in the 70s-80s Mexicans,Cubans,Colombians & others were the mules. Now it's Puerto Ricans & Dominacans who are the mules (don't get mad) just stating facts several DR celebrity's have been arrested in the last 10yrs for smuggling drugs. It's no surprise that Mexicans operate in DR,Caribbean Islands,Central America,South America and the other countries.

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  25. So I know I'm super late to this comment section lol but 70 kilos is roughly $3.4 million and that's selling it out at $22k a pound. I'm sure it was picked up for half that. So if anyone is out, it's only about a million. And they found $2 million in cash under the floor board. I doubt it was fronted. Even if it was broke down and sold for gramgramgramint for point, that's still only $5.9 million @ $10 a point. And as far as who will pick up the heroin trade with Afghanistan just finishing with war? Didn't thou hear? They have peoduced a new poppy seed! Grows so much faster, yields more, grows bigger, and uses less water!! And yes, they have chemists who can produce non opium drugs that have a far higher high.. it's called Fetenayl!! Already a chemist that went to Mexico, years ago, produced 200 pounds of powered Fetenayl. He did prison time, although they never found the 200 pounds. Most people don't realize is that it takes only 1 gram of pure fetenayl to make 100 grams of heorin.

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