Friday, May 1, 2020

Cartels feeling the crunch from Covid-19 border closing-Colombian Cocaine down by half

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat Milenio



The border between Mexico and the United States has been sealed as a result of covid-19, affecting the main sources of income of Mexican drug cartels: the smuggling of dollars and narcotics have literally dried up in the last month, just like illegal human trafficking, as the quarantine has become more stringent.

According to data from the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) between February and March, when the emergency began and Washington ordered the border to be closed to non-essential traffic, seizures of drugs and cash;  The latest drug figures seized by CBP reflect an unprecedented drop in the transfer of illicit substances such as cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine and heroin, although a slight increase was detected in the smuggling of marijuana.

Taken together, the four drugs, whose flow has decreased, represent the bulk of the income of the Mexican cartels. The reduction in drug flows coincides with the increase in the number of US military and police personnel on the border.
In March, when the pandemic began to hit both Mexico and the United States alike, the Pentagon ordered the deployment of an additional 500 military personnel to reinforce the more than 20,000 elements that the Border Patrol already has in the area, where vehicular traffic —And hidden mule crossings in normal flow — have been dramatically reduced.

In the midst of a health crisis, "it is not easy for cartels to hide their shipments," said Victor Manjarrez, a former chief of the Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona, a few days ago. The figures go in that direction: shipments of fentanyl decreased 8.6 percent and went from 126 kilos in February to 115.2 the following month, while methamphetamine followed the same trend: traffic fell 31.3 percent, from 6.1 tons seized to 4.2 in the same period.

For its part, cocaine - brought from Colombia and Bolivia - fell almost in half, from 5.8 tons in February to 2.9 in March, that is, a drop of 49.2 percent. Heroin also saw a contraction in its flows and seizures of 16 percent; it went from 177.3 kilos intercepted in February to 149.2 in March. Another stream that has also dried up is that of cartel profits.

According to CBP figures, cash forfeiture was reduced 61.3 percent in March; in February, 14 million 169 thousand dollars were seized against only 5 million 486 thousand in March.

52 comments:

  1. Look like scarios will be laid off work, no paychecks coming in. Now they will resort to kidnappings, extortion, train robberies.

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    1. They can't earn a good honest job, instead they resort to harming citizens.

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  2. Oh no!!!! The government should give them bail outs and loans!!!

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    1. There aren’t the banking cartels Uncle Sam likes to bail out.

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    2. 10:16 naaah, all cartels need to do is survive a month,
      they can get busy rescuing the bags they gave the needy, or asking for invitations to eat the foodstuffs...
      I'll tell ya, the poor cook the tastiest foods with the most miserable ingredients...there is that Zacatecas rat soup, mmnh!
      Others bust their ass for maruchan.

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    3. 9:22 AMLO aint' 'will", yet...do ya know why?

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  3. Wait until cartel members start getting infected and dying of the Deathly Viper Virus.

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    1. Unfortunately, we're not that lucky.

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    2. Doubtful they care.

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  4. Expect business to go back to normal when this virus ends. Consumption usage will not change. A sad fact.
    I must say though; to see a reduction of hard narcotics is a blessing.

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    1. I live in the middle of nowhere straight Boondocks And there hasn't been any shortage of cocaine heroin or meth around these parts no rise in price no drop in quality these are just numbers For what has been caught at the border

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    2. 11:43 pura pinche HARINAAA! (YouTube)
      there is a shortage of baking soda too.
      and the motherfacking government won't protect or ration the supply

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  5. Would be a good time for the organizations with a good cash reserve to move in on rivals, no? Would think the smaller organizations do not have a significant cash reserve to weather the storm and keep operations going. I would have to think CJNG and Sinaloa have the most rainy day savings.

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    1. Este wey jajaja

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    2. You should really apply yourself to something useful, read a marketing book.

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    3. 10:33 no rainy day savings other than your ass.
      Bust your ass and work and produce the coin,
      that means eat or sell your allowance, in drugs.
      Cartels are no charities to support lazy mofos.

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  6. Bullshit. Drugs keep crossing weed is everywhere. Covid wont stop junkies from wanting drugs. Drug dealing is covid proof. And before any ignorant asshole try to cotradict look up at the busts near the border lately or look at how many busts in mexico. Coke filled planes falling from sky all kinds o f shit getting found on vehicles both sides of the border. And thats just this week. Look it up.

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    1. Weed is domestically grown

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    2. Overpriced american grown bud will never kill the demand for mexican bud. Why pay 20 for a gram of hydro when good mexican bud costs 35 to 40 bucks an oz by the border? To the ppl saying is dry also remember weed grows every cpl of months so it might not be harvest time for some growers.

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    3. But, Mexican weed is cheaper, no taxes,

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    4. 20 for a gram hydro?
      What, is it hydroxychloroquine?
      has it been found to replicate and produce gold?
      One gram bar of gold will last you all your life,
      stop spending your money in shit and rob kilos from the mexican mineras.

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  7. Let's not B.S. ourselves. It will still get over. They might feel the grip tighten up but that's all. Just being realistic. They won't need bailouts like lames.

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  8. The smart thing for the cartels to do would be to tell the people who are trying to smuggle the money back into Mexico to wait a couple of weeks and just hold the money nearby

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  9. Chivis are you planning to post an article about Canada's new ban on firearms? It's not a coincidence that they're doing this the same year that they're telling people to stay home. We need to spread the word. Also about Biden's sexual assault, need to spread the word as much as possible.

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    1. no plans to.
      About Biden. Honestly, I have never heard of he behaving inappropriately against women. Usually there is a pattern of sexual misconduct.

      There is evidence she told people from the beginning, but that doesn't make it true. She needs to be heard, he needs to be open, and we need to give him the right to innocence until/if proven otherwise.

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    2. Wrong site man jaja this is about the narco drug wars

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  10. Good article from one of the very few remaining great newspapers about how Covid-19 is affecting money laundering.

    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-04-29/coronavirus-slows-money-laundering-to-a-crawl?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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    1. thanks for the link--good article that states prices have indeed gone up.

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  11. Bad news for the normal folks in Mexico, CDS will have to break their code "We don't extort, we dont kidnap" lol

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  12. We're gonna start to see people turning on each other.. remember, a sicario is only as loyal as his last meal.

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  13. Add to this report between 30 and 40 million unemployed Americans because of this virus and of which at least a third if not half are drug users not buying shit anymore and you can see this really hurts the cartels even more. These people cannot afford them anynore.
    Once the money returns however so will the drugs regardless of a closed border or not.

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    1. I call bullshit. A drug user will spend money on their addiction before spending money on food or rent. In case you haven’t noticed they are not the most responsible people around.

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    2. 4:06 If you think only lame aas two bit hoes and thugs are the only ones consuming all the drugs the cartels provide you are incredibly naive.
      Take a look at movie stars like Charlie Sheen to name one as well as Sports figures retired and active that still consume drugs till this very day.
      This is not mentioning doctors, lawyers, politicians, business people as well as blue collar workers that all consume drugs and can afford the most expensive ones like cocaine.
      These are the real people that cartels make their money on with the most.
      At times like these they just might have to settle for something cheaper like instead of coke they buy weed specially if unemployeed.
      Learn soemthing.

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  14. @Chivis Can you please post this article or include the information from it in an upcoming article? https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/gallup-trump-surges-to-approval-high-best-ever-ok-from-independents

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  15. It's dry out here in phoenix . Low quality and higher prices. Cars can't get Tru border entries :(

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  16. Smaller organizations dont always mean man power. They are some of the richest and can go toe to toe with their larger counterparts. Tijuana still has lucrative assets.

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  17. Extortion payments will increase

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  18. May the quarantine be soon over, BB followers are becoming very nasty, vile and loco in replies to other followers....

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    1. How soon do you think it should be over? And should it be a 100% reversal of quarantine, or phased back into normal life after how long?

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    2. When we get a vaccine. Fauci says we are on track for that to happen in the US in December and the mfg is already in production which usually they wait for approval but that is how sure they are.

      we will get a second wave in the fall along with the influenza. be sure to get flu vaccine.

      In the fall we will be in better shape, we will have systems in place ad treatments to see us thru until vaccine.

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    3. @Chivis I include myself in the shit talkers because FOOLS disrespect the people of my state, it's not about the criminal group because I'm not a part of it so why would the shit talking bother me. Instead of contributing something useful or just keeping their shitty fingers off the keyboard, these wannabes without fail type dumb shit. How about those nutthuggers that get on YOU because there are too many articles about this group and not enough of "their team"? Hilarious and pathetic. I'm usually working, tired, hung over, drinking IPA's or all four when I'm on BB. Just another borracho

      KRBC Citra DIPAūüćļ

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  19. @Chivis Can you please post this article or include the information from it in an upcoming article? https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/01/health/flu-vs-coronavirus-deaths/index.html

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    1. 5:38 the flu does not land as many mophakkkas in the hospital as corona does, or kills them as fast or infects them so bad by the millions.
      5:38 you need to quit your BS, all that ass kiss8ng has infected you.

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  20. We feeling it up here in the Central Valley

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    1. They're still working, talk to some paisas. Or go to the motherland and talk to them Central Valley.

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    2. Drink good beer, alot of craft brewers are shipping beer within the state. TS in Fresno brews good stuff but to each his own

      IPA drinker

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    3. Craft beers are for sissies,
      better spend your money on hair rollers.
      Chivis looks beautiful on hers.

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    4. Ha covid 19 did in less than 3 months what the us couldn't do in 30 yrs. There is a major drought where I'm at. I ain't paying 1500 a zip waiting for my usual 750. Mandamos algo wey pero ya

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  21. its the low level guys that get hurt
    not the Main Top Guys

    dude at 11;33 Pot is everywhere
    many grow it in their houses for personal use Pot wont ever be going away. now its back to the homemade crap meth that I worry about

    Ps I really do not want to hear about Biden or Trump on here One place to escape from all that crap
    reading about Narcos and the drug trade is much more real

    Thank You BB

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  22. You can’t stop it, corrupt customs and border patrol officers are bribed with 150k by cartels to wave each 18 wheeler thru. Only ones busted are independent drug traffickers rolling the dice and a not so easy time. But the big loads will continue unobstructed business as usual. Wonder how many customs and border patrol officers are being fired during this time? That’s the real question

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