Thursday, July 30, 2015

Large drug shipment de 'Tigre' seized in Tijuana

Large drug shipment seized in Tijuana


The product was taped, color coded and packaged for shipment to the United States, through the San Ysidro or Otay Mesa crossing, where 70% of the meth in the country comes through.  The couriers were well dressed, professional, and had the look of Sinaloense, no surprise as the hundreds of kilos in crystal, coke, and heroin was from Sinaloa.  

The owner, or person in charge of crossing the product (delegating the process) was Jose Gastulem Soto, 'El Tigre', a prominent trafficker in Tijuana, who despite having his name on the DEA's list of top Baja/San Diego traffickers has eluded capture and kept a mostly low profile.  

Tigre comes from the post 2008 world of the Tijuana plaza, a onetime enforcer of Teodoro Garcia Simental, 'El Teo', who along with the Azarte brothers, have risen to become the most wanted in the state.  Soto is not publicly named in any unsealed US indictments, out of the Southern District of Califronia, or anywhere else in the US.

 He managed to avoid Operation Narco Polo, which indicted the Azarte brothers, Los Antrax, Chino Antrax, Serafin Zambada Ortiz, and a dozen plus other significant active traffickers.  He is thought to have influence in Rosarito and Tijuana.  

Tigre fought against the Sanchez Arellano people in earlier years, as well as Aquilles, and other fallen cell leaders, like El Cuervo and El Guicho, in the confusing world of retail drug markets and competing cells under the same banner.  

In total, the load contained 108 kilos of crystal, 46 kilos of cocaine, and 43 kilos of heroin.  An expensive shipment, both across the border and in Tijuana.  Roughly estimating the loss through an imperfect, but mostly accurate process....Pounds of crystal go for roughly 3,000 directly across the border, gaining value of course, the further they travel, whether it be Los Angeles, or the crystal ravaged Inland empire.  


Accordingly, 3,000x224+ 672,000. Of course, the purchase price is cheaper in Tijuana, and more so in Culiacan, so subtract maybe another 100k or so, if you wish. But, the efforts to produce the crystal, and bring it to the transshipment point aren't free either, though cheaper then one might think.  

The kilos of cocaine, roughly estimating at 27,000, though even in San Diego or Los Angeles could be as much as 29,000 even to an upper tier distributor.  This load would likely be bound for Los Angeles, and not broken down in shipments across the country, like the 300 kilos seized in Santa Fe Springs a month or so back.  Again the purchase point is less in Tijuana/Culiacan (dependent on variables), maybe 20,000/43 or so. Estimating for potential revenue is about 1.2 million, again take off maybe 100k or so, if you wish to estimate a lower purchase point.  

With the two combined, you are at roughly 2 million.  Add in the heroin, which is roughly 25,000 a pound, though generally sold in pounds, and you have another million.  So, at a minimum this is 2.5-3 million dollar loss somewhere up or down the line.  Anyone may do their own math, using any metric, it's a still a serious amount of product.  

The official reports indicate the drugs were seized from a 2002 Mercury Ford, and 1999 Sentra.  It's likely information from a rival group, or someone else was the cause of this seizure, it's rare for the PEP to make drug seizures of this stature. 

Sources: AFN Tijuana


28 comments:

  1. Mexico has issues warrant for extradition of El Chapo...

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexico-issues-warrant-extradition-escaped-el-chapo-32791287

    So the U.S. extradition news from before was legit and it appears to have been delivered to Mexico as a warrant has been issued.

    Good luck with that.

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  2. If those are the detainees in the picture, I guess professional and well dressed would have a different meaning in Mexico.

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    1. Lol I thought the same thing. Was expecting a suit & tie....

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    2. They are not professional dumb dumb.

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  3. To all bloggers, it's funny how one can believe that the U.S. Is really cracking down on this drug traffickers when in reality they are the biggest fish of them all!

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    1. Errr..
      Who believe's that ? And for my next trick,I'm going to cry a river..

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    2. At 9:48 just by you saying errr we all know your a minor.

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    3. Anyone have a bridge in brooklyn they can sell me?

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  4. Oooh that's a lot of gear,someone is cursing

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    1. I wonder what those three worry about more, having been busted by the police, or losing all that dope and having to face (or their families to face) the cartel's fury.

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  5. Anybody know of this guy is related to the singer "el Ranchero de Baduaguato"? He has the same last name and sends a shout out to someone by that last name?

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  6. Hahhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! 1.5 Million! Hahahahaha! Maybe wholesale prices, what should be considered here is end user value. Do the math folks...

    heroin street price 1g=100 usd
    cocaine street price 1g=60 usd
    methamphtamine street price 1g=120 usd
    (These are based on my exsperince for a major metropolitan area of +850k people in Ohio so i dont wanna see a bunch of replies bragging about how much you pay for drugs. These figures are what the average user would quote you on the value of a drug in a street end user purchase in my area.)

    So using these numbers as a baseline...
    108,000 grams of meth=12,960,000 usd
    46,000 grams of cocaine=2,760,000 usd
    43,000 grams of heroin=4,300,000 usd

    GRAND TOTAL= 20,020,000 usd

    Now this 20 million doesnt even factor in cutting the drugs which will certinly happen by the time they make it to the street. So im going to add another conservative 25% that will be gained through the cutting process bringing our total up to $25,025,000! So now you understand my laughter at this 1.5 million dollar figure quoted here. It always bothers me when i see big busts in the news and they give these miniscule values to the hual.

    Here is where one of the most truly terrifying aspects of the drug war lies. The sheer money involved! Christ a kilogram of gold is only worth 35 grand at the moment according to live prices! Just one of those kilograms of meth is worth three and a half times that on the streets of America!

    Even more unsettling...this bust is penuts. A drop in the bucket for the cartels...The money and power we have given to these people through our continued blunder that is the drug war is astonishing. Billions upon trillions of dollars that could all be regulated and taxed, without anyone having their head chopped off or exsecuted and thrown in a shallow grave in the desert somewhere. Everyone knows the only thing the goverment and the elite that run our country care about is money. They are leaving an awful lot of it on the table for the cartels to snatch up!

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    1. You should had added 50% or a lityle more because after cutting meth,cocaine,and heroing you make more profits way more especially turning it to crack cocaine. And meth it gets cut in alot.

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  7. Cartel Arellano Felix is a small gang now? Perhaps Tijuano?? can you illuminate me in this? What is your speculation on the Arellanos now a days?

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  8. WHo is the PEP mentioned in the last sentence? Any info on how they were caught? On US side, TJ side? etc etc thanks

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    1. ... Policía Estatal Preventiva (PEP) And They Were Caught/Given Up In Tijuana ...

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  9. Well dressed and professional?

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  10. wow it seems coke right now is really outdated and heroin is actually pretty high and stable throught all these. years. Too much meth tho, nasty sythetic garbage i hate tweakers. they dont have class like rich cokeheads and junkie models.

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  11. The two that got caught, while the other 20 vehicles made it through. No shortage of drugs in the US.

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  12. The chinese and colombians sell by the ton, generally, and the grameros by the gram...
    And the police generally only capture shit like this to make sure the commander gets a promotion, the shit gets returned to the rightful owners before burning it in public, but the pendejos that got caught will be in prison looong after their employers and the police ripped them off, because the "justice" that applies to them is different than the "justice" for the rich...

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  13. Taxing coke, meth, or H is a ridiculous suggestion, no matter what your 'exp' street prices math comes up with.
    The gov't on both sides of the border is a piss poor job with the money they already tax (take) from citizens. They don't need more revenue and neither country is better of with more junkies!!

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    1. you don't get it right? instead of wasting BILLIONS dollars in just repeating the same cycle over and over in a method that doesn't work is better to try something else.

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  14. ... J ... Any Word As To Who Left The Car/Narco Message Near The USA Iron Fence In Tijuas Telling "Luis" He Has 24 Hours To Leave The Square/Plaza ? ... A lot Has Been Happing Just In The Past Week ... Also, Can Someone In TJ Go By Fray José Manuel Salvatierra in Colonia Nueva Tijuana And Confirm A Large Military Presence ? ... Yo No Puedo Crucar La Linea Ahora, Gracias A La Gente ...
    El Gabo

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  15. Lmao coke is not 29000 a key anywhere in CA

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  16. Escaping should not be punished? Well just open the flood gates. You were sentenced, expected to do your time andf you scape. It's ok no harm. If this is the thoughts of the Mexican authorities and lawmakers, no wonder that place is so backwards by many years. Escape is a crime once sentenced or detained in a legal aspect. Why is everyone making exceptions for this Chapo? If escape is not a crime, then why search for them?

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  17. ... In Mexico, Germany, Austria the law recognizes that it is basic human nature to escape and hence the act of escaping itself is not a crime, although you may be punished for any other crime that you commit during your escape ...

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  18. Crystal Ravaged Inland Empire? Hate America much?

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  19. 10:33 drug trafficking money launderers and offshorers do not love the lack of appreciation and verbal abuse from their countrymen, who are bent on heating others instead of on making money for themselves, but all love their country in their own "special way"...
    --who are we to judge?
    -well, I am the judge...

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