Friday, December 15, 2017

San Diego: The fentanyl gateway

San Diego: Fentanyl Gateway

Tijuana is quietly the entry point for most of the fentanyl in the county, as the heroin crisis rages from the Bronx to quiet midwestern towns, and across San Diego, relapsed addicts found nonresponsive in their childhood bedrooms.  It's a deeply personal story for some, the children or parents of addicts, for whom the news of major arrests and seizures don't matter as much as the less than a tenth of a gram that their loved one ingested.

Last summer, a DEA operation resulted in the arrest of a Lemon Grove woman, the daughter of the former mayor (Of Lemon Grove, Marry Sessom Baker) one Anna Baker, 31 years old.  She was in possession of 44 kilos of fentanyl, trafficked from Tijuana, and assumedly awaiting transshipment to Los Angeles, and further points east.  

At that time, it was the largest seizure of fentanyl in San Diego county, and likely the country, as San Diego has been the premier corridor of fentanyl trafficking. It is up almost 900% percent from 2015, which resulted in a handful of seizures, to a more routine standard of dozens of kilos.  Authorities have seized over 540 kilos in 2017.


These will become more routine, in 2018, I predict.  The seizure earlier this week is not really spectacular in any way.  A teenager from Tijuana, one Flavio Diego Davalos, was driving a 2010 Ford Focus, and CBP canines detected narcotics, and found the kilos hidden in the rear seat and quarter panels of the vehicle.  Davaolos is only 19 years old, and was likely paid less than $5,000. 

Fentayl seized on November 6th, 2017, San Ysidro border
There is a system in place, and no shortage of tragedies, deaths, and ruin. The runners who transport the product, are faced with cooperation, a long prison sentence, and the harsh inequality of Tijuana's "post arrest job market".  The addicts who line the morgues, some overwhelmed and overburdened by the flow of bodies. 

Not to mention the bodies in Tijuana's coroner's offices and morgue, where the bodies are coming in rapidly for different reasons, and different causes of death.  Though, Tijuana has no shortage of addicts of both meth and heroin, zombies and their globos, slaves to tienditas, the product sold on street corners, from homes, taxis, delivery services.  

Caesar Daleo Real estate head shot
The profits of fentanyl are staggering.  A federal case unsealed recently detailed the mechanics of this.  An individual, Caesar Daleo, was arrested for attempting to transport a kilo of precursor material into Tijuana.  The chemical was shipped into Los Angeles, via plane, and than shipped to San Ysidro, via mail.

 Agents had intercepted the package, and detained Caesar Daleo, 47, after he picked it up from a mail facility in San Ysidro. Daleo was a former CBP officer, until he retired in 2003, and transitioned into real estate, where he apparently ran into financial problems.

DEA image of fentanyl seizure, unknown residence
The one kilo of precursor, 4ANPP, can be turned into 25 kilos of fentanyl in drug labs in Tijuana.  The average purity is 3-6%, and the price is roughly 32,000 per kilo.  Daleo alone had done 13 of these runs with 4ANPP before he was arrested by federal agents.  That's over 200 kilos of fentanyl, conservatively estimating. 

How many deaths do even 100 kilos cause, shipped across the country, processed into heroin, or sold on it's own?  Even 100 kilos is 100,000 grams, and if less than a tenth of a gram of fentanyl can be fatal....The profits are hard to envision, the deaths are quite visible. 

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29 comments:

  1. Former San Diego's Mayor's daughter caught with 44 K of fentanyl?Former Border Patrol who did 13 fentanyl runs?Man that's even more alarming than the drugs themselves!They already knew how lucrative it was before they even started.

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    1. Must be wrong since that only happens in Mexico.

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    2. Uou know they did WAY more runs than that

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    3. There is a floid in canada TOO with that crap, right canadiana?

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    4. @139 comprehensive reading suggests the kilo was shipped to LA and being trafficked into Mexico(TJ). Did I miss something?

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    5. 9:26 yes, dear, you missed the sarcasm.
      It could only happen to you, and it did,
      just because you are so unique

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  2. can’t have one story about this shit drug. every state, every county, every city in the usa has a major problem. one story does not stand out above the rest. i come from a backwoods rural county where 17 people have already od’d in 2 weeks. all dead and they drop every damn week. so imagine every state, county and city in the usa. dealers are now being charged with murder if related and implicated in the drug sales.

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    1. 7:49 70 000 legal opioid related overdose deaths in 2017 on the US, where american legislators are carefully investigating...
      Toae sure they do not ask the right questions that could implicate them and the lobbyists that bought their at best irresponsible votes and at worst fully informed corruption.
      But they make sure to vociferously implicate the presidential administration that stopped the justice department from seizing the "property" of makers, distributors and recipients of prescriptions, from the opioids to the cash, because of LOUD LEGISLATORS PROTESTS about government overreach without justification of a danger of a crime being proven...
      This happened during the Obamanose presidency, but was imposed by investigative committees of congressmen and senators who had majority on the US congress, it wasn't made by enforcing the laws, or creating "laws" so much as by harassing the DEA into suspending ISOS.

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    2. Completely agree with you. I'm appalled by how prevalent fentanyl is now. Heroin addicts have a chance to be brought out of an overdose,not so with fentanyl. Charging the fentanyl dealers with murder charges is a positive step but unfortunately that in itself won't stop the deaths. Peace.

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    3. 1:31 Man, with fentanyl and meth or the real Queen H, you lose so much fat, look so sexy, get so lucky with the ladies (before they become graduate into 2 dollar crack hoes with acné problems and start leaving you with "ring on the collar" in the best case scenario or worse later on, and then you crash...have the Narcalone ready just in case, now OTC.

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  3. Help me understand: Anita Baker was busted by importing fentanyl from Mexico but the former CPB officer Caesar Dalek got busted by exporting the fentanyl into Mexico.
    Huh?

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    1. 10:07 The baker woman was bringing the finished drug . The other guy was taking the chemicals to make the drugs to a lab in mexico to be processed into drugs . That almost sounds like they have no concern about being able to get it back .

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    2. Dalek imported PRECURSORS into mexico,
      it is like importing salt from the US to make a chicken in mexico. Just a component of very high quality.
      But this is ANT CONTRABAND.
      the fabricants producers of precursors that sell them illegally by mail and shit, they know who the big hitters are, that they are way out of line, and do not care for anything but the money they thing rightly belongs to them,
      after all they have legal "permits and licenses"
      Now the CBP union will have to defend their "member" dick, I don't think he is the only one.
      Just say No to drugs, drink oulque, eat tacos and get high on the farts all week long, no prison for that chingao.

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    3. Didn't it say former cbp?

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  4. The USA can't get enough of the sinaloa cartel them foos been slidding in the bricks in everything you can imagine. Last I visited tj my cousin said the the guys next door we're heavy hitters moving them pounds up North taking orders from the bosses up the mountains in sinaloa

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    1. That's all Chinese made, bad for business too. That's probably why the sinaloa cartel has been hoing to sh!t...too much OD and sinaloa is the transpoters, should havr sticked with the mexican tar instead of cutting it with that crap.. Too much greed though

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    2. Tell ya what, the pinchis narcos Mexicanos cut their crap SOO MUCH, IT IS HARD TO JUST UP AND OVERDOSE, REALLY.
      And the customers are so broke by the time they connect that it would be nonsense to give them the real very good shit for free

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  5. How's that drug war working out? I can buy fentanyl analogs more potent than regular fent online LEGALLY from a Chinese factory anytime i want in the internet.
    What's the point of the DEA wasting billions of dollars pursuing semi synthetic drugs like heroin that are not cardiotoxic/neurotoxic to the body when there's synthetic crap made in some factory in China being sold unregulated?

    Why isn't the USA government and Trump the brave telling it to those Chinese cartels like it is and sending the DEA and their private hitmen contractors to start some sh1t over there like they did in Mexico? Why they don't target those super Chinese labs making research chemicals and other drug precursors?
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    1. If the US attacks the root cause than they couldn't ask for $$ for the war on drugs as a smoke screen

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  6. Fentanyl more like poison than drug

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  7. No comments such as "let them die" from all the hard core experts on here?

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    1. 6:29 like El Loco Duterte, hardcore fans of "let them die" can'take leave their shit alone, they prolly too busy to care about the competitors.
      Be nice, they need help too...

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  8. Tiajuana running the show caf sigue activo

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  10. Are the cartels involved in fentanyl analogs like carfentanil yet?

    Why synth 1kg of fentanyl when you can add a carbon ring and synth 1kg of carfentanil which is 100x stronger than fentanyl and 10,000x stronger than morphine?

    But why stop there? There is a stereoisomer of 4-fluoro-beta-hydroxy-3-methyl-fentanyl that is 18,100x the potency of morphine, nearly twice the potency of carfentanil.

    To put that into perspective. 1kg of that steroisome4 equates to 9,050kg of pure heroin. Here in Canada a kg of less than pure heroin wholesale goes for upwards of $125,000 per kilo. That 1kg of stereoisomer is worth an astonishing $1,131,250,000 (thats 1 billion) and would fit inside of a shoe box....

    Halve those numbers if talking carfentanil. Of course, how do you make that?
    https://erowid.org/archive/rhodium/chemistry/carfentanil.html

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  11. That's super scary stuff with those profit numbers.I don't doubt a few will aim for those profits.Be the end of humanity too except the straight people.

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  12. all cartel member caught with fentanyl must ingest a bump

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