Wednesday, August 8, 2018

22 arrested in connection with Sinaloa Cartel trafficking drugs to L.A. and other U.S. cities

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat  from KTLA



Twenty-two people were arrested on federal drug trafficking charges involving the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, as raids were conducted throughout Southern California Wednesday,  officials said.

The raids were a culmination of a three-year long investigation into three trafficking organizations who helped transport “bulk quantities of drugs” from Mexico to the Los Angeles area and other cities throughout the U.S., said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s L.A. field office.

Twenty people were arrested Wednesday, while two were already in custody. The task force is still looking for eight fugitives, including top level Mexico-based traffickers, officials said. A total of 57 people were indicted in connection with the investigation.

The indictments, which were unsealed Wednesday, allege that the defendants received the drugs from the cartel in northern Mexico, smuggled them into Los Angeles through hidden compartments in vehicles and distributed them to Arizona, Kansas, Minnesota and New York, Delacourt explained.

In addition, those involved in the extensive operations, including pilots, couriers and money collectors, would return the proceeds to Mexico, officials said.

During the investigation, authorities seized 850 pounds of methamphetamine, 900 kg of cocaine, 100 pounds of heroin,  50 pounds of marijuana and $1.4 million. The combined street value of the seized drugs is estimated at $35 million per month, Delacourt said.

Those indicted face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and some could face life in prison, officials said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, IRS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Department of Homeland Security as well as several local law enforcement agencies were involved in the raids Wednesday.

From OC Register:

Those arrested Wednesday morning by members of the Los Angeles Strike Force were among 57 defendants named in three indictments that were unsealed Wednesday morning, said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles.

“This morning, some 250 agents, officers and deputies from multiple law enforcement agencies executed 30 arrest warrants and five search warrants across Los Angeles County,” Delacourt said Wednesday.

“This effort was the culmination of a three-year investigation targeting multiple drug trafficking organizations involved in the transportation of bulk quantities of drugs from Mexico to the Los Angeles area and other cities throughout the United States,” Delacourt said.

Two of the defendants were already in state custody and are being turned over Wednesday to federal authorities. The remaining 35 defendants are fugitives, with most of those believed to be in Mexico, Delacourt said.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Narconetas, targeted three drug trafficking organizations that transported bulk quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico to the Los Angeles metropolitan area and other locations across the United States, authorities said.


Participating agencies included the Los Angeles Police Department, IRS Criminal Investigation unit, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, United States Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, California Highway Patrol, and the Torrance, Glendale, Pomona, Fullerton and Azusa police departments.

The strike force members uncovered several sophisticated international drug trafficking organizations that regularly transported drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border and at times stored drugs in “stash houses” in cities across the Southland, authorities said. The drugs then were distributed throughout the United States.

The Los Angeles Strike Force was formed in 2014 to target Mexican drug cartels that utilize the Los Angeles metropolitan region as a primary hub for the distribution of narcotics across the United States.

79 comments:

  1. Why haven't the names of those indicted been released, which is common, if not the actual charging documents themselves....

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    1. I know right? I have never seen that before, I was going to pull up the indictment but need a name.

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  2. Cds been getting hit hard in California lately.

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    1. In San Francisco CA the DEA is backing up CJNG, so I’m not surprised that’s happeningall over the USA, they always used one cartel to wipe out the other

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    2. The dea is not backing no one, the reason that you hear of more CDS drug arrest in California is that they own the corridors south of California, not hard to figure out, and this is coming from law enforcement in the state, we don't back anyone, we are not going to say, wait we caught this cjng operative with 20 kilos, let's let him walk and wait to catch the cds guys, doesn't work that way

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    3. Are u kidding me? DEA backing Cjng in SF? I live here. This market is a free for all. As long as the price is right the Asians (SF’s main players) will buy from anybody

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    4. I see it happening in Tijuana-san Diego area. Cjng is disputing California big time.

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    5. Lol then you put the meth pipe down, if you know how many CDS operatives are in the small towns scattered through out the 661,559, and 209. Silly nutthugger

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    6. 11:19 I know for a fact they are, 11:30 if they’re getting supplied by CJNG they will be fine and if not it’s a matter of time before DEA come knocking on their door and order them to go push their shit somewhere else

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    7. For someone to dispute california they would need TJ and well we know who runs TJ El mayo zambada

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    8. Here in LA I been seeing people from cjng active and recruiting us born young adults to cross drugs people say say cds is here but I have only seen people from cjng 12:48 stop being a cheerleader in the ctng and caf run shit cds don’t got nothing under control

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  3. What’s going on with el Mago AKA el Eddie is he one of the guys busted?

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    1. Ese eddie chaidez el mago been putting in work for the last 15 years he runs the show...

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    2. Puro Durango cabrones! !

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    3. Eddie Escobedo aka La Puerca El EddieTor Mr Gente de Guzman lol
      The One who killed El Guerito on El 12 de Dic.el dia de la Virgen on the freeway talk about ..
      The Pride of East L.A.

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    4. 9:46 is he running it with the help of the DEA? He was named in the court proceedings of 2008 101 freeway murder and online articles of a one ton marijuana bust, hows he still free

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    5. el eddie fue arrestado hace tiempo y acaba de salir libre.

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    6. @8:41 no one proud of a rata 🐀

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    7. 937 I think you mean the 110 FWy, happened near DTLA, I don't recall the year, but what I heard, they wanted the person dead, he ran in a suppedbup Porche, they caught up to him on the get, and shoot up his car..overkill.I saw the bullet riddled car on the news, but later on police kept quite about it.

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    8. 101 freeway driving a Bentley

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    9. 945 I stand being corrected on the type of car, yes it was an expensive Bently. It happened on the 110 South, near the Adams exit. I remember well, since it happened in the city I live in. Cops kept a low profile about it.

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  4. Wow that would wipe out CJNG! That’s like the weight they push in a year!

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    1. No kidding.
      Even La Linea pushes more blow than those jalisco clowns.

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    2. What a bunch of haters lmao so the cjng only sell nickel bags huh pendejadas jaja

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    3. 9:12 yes thats what their failing invasion of plazas all over is mexico is about nickel and dime bags. Cjng is not major players in the US. CDS, CDG, Zetas and BLO own the game in the states. You have to have a border corridor to mive major weight in the US and mencho has no control over any bordertown

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    4. 9:12 Not sure CJNG is selling any bags b/t defending what little geography they have left and extorting the torta vendors for every peso they can squeeze from them.

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    5. Jaja cjng pushes tons on ships a over the world and they are also expanding here in LA

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  5. Looks like CDS still owns TJ

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  6. Jalisco lost tortas. CDS lost a ton of coke, 850 pounds of Crystal, 100 pounds of heroin, 1.4 mil, and a whole click.

    This was no accident. Looks like Mayo and Mencho are playing Chess.

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  7. A few years ago they arrested about 300 from CDS hailing it as a "disruption" of operations yet nothing changed. The flow of drugs continues unabated.

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  8. Those 22 arrested, will be replaced, by another 40.

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  9. When I see some one from sinaloa I pay my respect to them foos are the real deal I doubted this will do anything to the Enterprise they built with hard work , blood and bullets El maillo zaimbada is the man
    Robbie The OG

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    1. Your lane Haha. The OG Lmao. If you were an OG you would know better tonto

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    2. You should be respectful to everyone if you're a true OG on the internet.

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    3. You guys better put some respek on the og lol

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  10. Sinaloa is always the top narcos. The real bosses come from la sierra.

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    1. Don't forget Sinaloa ain't nothing without them Duranagense real talk pura gente del la Sierra

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    2. Durangenses are the Chínolas crash dummies and chinolas are the Mexican government crash dummies. Mayo es un viejio estrenido

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    3. Same post in different articles lol funny guys

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    4. @8:38 u must be from michoacan real recognize real

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    5. Durango people get wet when the chinolas go run bvb the show in their state lol pendejos

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    6. 6:10 let me guess ur from Puebla? Lmao

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    7. 8:38 & 6:10 as de ser de michoacan , son los más envidiosos de mexico. El grande reconoce lo grande de otros no anda de niña sufrida.

      Arriba Guerrero y colima cochos

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  11. Cds getting hit left and right. They dropping like fly’s

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  12. Rough estimate 50 probably gave information and were released. They probably flew to Culiacan with a copy of some work seized in their so cal office leading to bigger dto operatives being indicted. The individual in Mexico scoped out the forms and did nothing as it is all part of the game.

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  13. CDS is the biggest most powerful Cartel in the history. We also have the best trained Sicarios. The most inteligent bosses Mr Mayo ,El Azul and SR CHapo. We have the best tunnel engineers.

    Sicario 006

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    1. There he goes with his mossad training, ops

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    2. Lmao the sicarios used to get killed in the double digits by los mochomera there sicarios can’t fight for shit

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  14. Makes me sad . So many children will have to do without their candy . Just because the incompetent drug traffickers cant keep their shit together .

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  15. The article says 3 top based traffickers, but does not mention the cartels involved.

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  16. Just think of the money, time and resources wasted by the DEA and local authorities when rapists and other offenders are free!!!

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    1. Because there's no money to take!
      Government and law enforcement need to keep their pockets filled.

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    2. Sorry to inform you, they did an excellent job, took out high in criminals of the street, with what they were caught with, are felonies, big time in the slammer, over here in US, not easy to bribe a judge like in Mexico. Sorry for the news.

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    3. Think about all the resources being dedicated to Russian collusion and all of the rapist and other defenders who are free.

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  17. to the follower who sent a link in...jor links...it doesn't work ...resend and make it clear where it begins and stops by using spacces

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    1. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.telemundo52.com/fotosyvideos/Duro-golpe-al-C_rtel-de-Sinaloa-en-Los-_ngeles_TLMD---Los-Angeles-490413261.html%3Famp%3Dy&ved=0ahUKEwjZu-WKtd_cAhV6FzQIHdnACjs4ChDIzwEIQjAI&usg=AOvVaw0wgWu2ZByfANeZheZ6lGtG&ampcf=1

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    2. thank you! but the info I need is a good case number and it is not the CR number showing it would be at top which is not shown. also the names do not work I need to know what it states as defendant for example United States VS ________________ it is blurry. that is what i need. like when it is against a cartel or gang it will say the name e.g. BLO and all names will be under that indictment. not individual names. if anyone can read the blurry part let me know...

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  18. Hey DEA, let me hold some of that. I’ll pay you back plus interest.

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  19. Too many cds groupies but none know what's up

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    1. Any you do your comment is useless your just criticizing when you don’t even know “what’s up”

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  20. mexican mafia eme busted too

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    1. Do they even operate anymore the new generations don't follow them anymore

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    2. @4:43 lmao you don't know nothing bro. If u have that mentality in the big house you'll get a filero in your chest

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    3. La eme controls california , if u believe they dont operate its because they make u believe that but im from LA and trust me they call the shots and let cartels use their hoods and distribution hubs , its some lifer in jail getting rich and making dummies do all the leg work

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    4. 4:43 Where u stay at, errybody in L.A know the big homies run the show inside and outside. Paísas getting pases cuz they making feria and paying taxes. Once they get out of line even the elote man will get dispossed of.

      -CCompton brotha

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    5. La eMe? Bunch of rats inside banging each other. Scraps

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    6. 11:11 hey dont let the hate overflow just cuase ur norcaca "wanna b" gang controls nothing pinche green lighter..

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  21. So if they caught the major players that sell bulk then im sure they caught el eddy right? Which i doubt , prob low level pushers , LA got too many cartels and weight pushers , its all for show bcuz i see no names being posted of the arrests

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    1. Where have you been? El Mago(the magician) or el edy has been busted for some time now

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  22. Eddie Escobedo has been busted twice for coke. And ordered the hit on that Bentley driver. Mago has to have amazing lawyers.

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    1. I heard he's a rat

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    2. He must be a rat if he has two cases plus the hit on the guy on the freeway. Shit, his one ton bust of marijuana in Torrance made the news and it’s still on google. Sounds like a rats

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    3. Your right I remember the Bently driver, being killed on the 110 FWy, in DTLA they were saying his own people, wanted him dead, because he was showing off, and not keeping a low profile. The news showed the Bently, all shot up with machine gun fire.

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  23. Eddie is a bitch quote me on that !! Notorious Florence gang 😉

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    1. You got the same connections as Eddie tho?

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    2. Eddie connection was huerito but Eddie took him out so he would be in charge, betrayed the guy who put him on

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