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Friday, February 12, 2021

Feds Announce Largest Meth Seizure In Northern District Of California

 "The Owl" for Borderland Beat

David L. Anderson, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California announces the results of a large regional drug bust, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

"We put a hurting on the Sinaloa Cartel," DEA Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux said Thursday at a news conference held by federal prosecutors to announce multiple indictments and "breathtaking" drug seizures in the Bay Area. Federal prosecutors revealed the unsealing of 15 indictments against 44 individuals resulting from four separate investigations into the trafficking of illegal drugs to the Bay Area from Mexico, some of which allegedly originated with the international organized crime group known as the Sinaloa Cartel.

The prosecutors also announced seizures of approximately 500 grams of fentanyl, 20 pounds of cocaine, 20 pounds of heroin, and 1,100 pounds of methamphetamine, along with a dozen firearms and $200,000 in cash. The methamphetamine seized was described as the largest such seizure by federal agents in the Northern District of California. According to Comeaux, the seized meth was enough to provide 80 million individual doses, or 11 doses per every resident of the Bay Area.

"It is a good day for law enforcement," Comeaux said.

The arrests and seizures resulted from four separate investigations spanning more than 18 months and involving multiple law enforcement partners, including the Alameda County Narcotics Task Force, the California Highway Patrol, and the police departments of San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Gilroy, Salinas, Hawthorne, Soledad, Santa Clara, Watsonville and Vallejo.

"This case exemplifies Homeland Security's commitment to local, state and federal interagency partnerships, which are critical to our ability to successfully reduce violent crime and maintain public safety in our community," according to Homeland Security Investigations (NorCal) Special Agent in Charge Tatum King.

One of the four investigations involved more than a hundred federal agents, who executed 15 arrest warrants and 13 search warrants, according to Craig Fair, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge. The four investigations -- given colorful code names like "Operation Burnt Orange" and "Thundergun -- were undertaken separately, but according to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California David Anderson, had a "common origin" and reflect parallel activity in different locations throughout the Bay Area, with a concentration in the South Bay. The DEA has identified the Sinaloa Cartel as a "Transnational Criminal Organization."

The cartel "controls drug trafficking activity in various regions in Mexico, particularly along the Pacific Coast. Additionally, it maintains the most expansive international footprint compared to other Mexican TCO's. The Sinaloa Cartel exports and distributes wholesale amounts of methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl in the United States," according to DEA's 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment.

Anderson described the enforcement effort as revealing the "ruthless capitalism" of the illicit drug trafficking. He said that the indictments reveal a broad range of criminal behavior, amounting to an "entire ecosystem" of criminal activity, including drug procurement, transportation, mid-level distribution and street sales.

The indictments included counts for drug trafficking, conspiracy and firearms offenses. Anderson said that the criminal enterprise of drug trafficking is far from a "victimless crime" but one that destroys individuals and their lives. Anderson praised the law enforcement personnel involved in the operations.

"There has never been a more difficult time to be a law enforcement officer than today," he said. "Crime has not gone away while we are sheltering in place."

Of the 44 individuals named in the indictment, 18 are in federal custody, 13 have had pre-trial detention hearings and been released, one is in state custody and 12 remain at large, according to Anderson.

In recent years, trafficking in fentanyl has grown, causing a "surge in overdoses," according to Anderson. He noted that fentanyl has not replaced other trafficked drugs but is an addition to the existing trafficking. 

Source: SFGate

35 comments:

  1. For what we know redwood n san francisco area are filled with people from Michoacan belonging either to cjng or lfm

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    1. Im not to familier with the bay area, but from what I know all my family from Sinaloa lives in San Mateo and Redwood city. Also, most of my cousins friends out thete are from Sinloa but then again Ive met a few Michoacanos in Redwood

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    2. @8:41 yes, definitely right. It’s a mixture of Sinaloa and Michoacán throughout the west coast.

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    3. Palo Alto and Surrounding areas are filled with Michoacános and San Mateo has a large amount of raza from Sinaloa and Jalisco.

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    4. I am from Redwood City Little Mexico Gang puro Michoacan vale !!!

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    5. I am from Redwood City Little Mexico Gang puro Michoacan vale !!!

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    6. When my Seattle friend "Gordo" was housed at a NorCal detention center awaiting repatriation to Mexico, he said damn near everyone in there was Sinaloense.

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    7. There are A LOT of Michoacanos AND Sinaloans in the Bay Area.

      The Michoacanos make the best food IMO, owning a lot of restaurants north and south of the bay. I couldn’t believe what the Sinaloans I once knew had connections to....

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    8. Just so u all know. Here In California (not Cali) ppl don’t really care what cartel the work belongs to. The biggest seizure in Nor Cal history?? I call bs there has definitely been bigger than this. As a matter a fact I remember a seizure in gilroy some years back that was over 600 lbs...G.C.

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    9. @8:36 Sorry I misspoke. My friend Gordo actually said that his NorCal detention was full of his fellow
      Michoacanos.

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    10. That is good . Get a lot more of them in there .

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  2. Surenos/M operation.

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  3. You gonna report on the 18 bodies found in bags in Jalisco

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  4. For the yay area that's not that much

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  5. ibdidnt even read i just wanna say YESSS!!!!' you guys are back ive been bored as fuck with nothing to read thank you thank thank you

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  6. Wholesale price for the meth alone would be around 7-8 million. Retail about a little less than double..

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    1. What are wholesale prices going for these days after the pandemic? October 2019 I heard stuff was going for 1700 a kg in LA. Far from the glory days of the mid 90’s throughout the 2000’s. I remember people would pay 20K easy. I guess with all the fragmentation criminal groups needed to lower their prices in order to stay relevant.

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  7. Chapo still snitching 💃💃

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    1. Remember Chapo crying because he was going to Supermax? Lol

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    2. When was chapo ever "crying??" He looked tired in that picture- he was never crying- bs making shit up as usual

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    3. 10:18 if you think so,
      You are on your way to get pregnant

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  8. Funny put a hurt on the Cartel, joke,

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  9. Glad to have you back. Freedom of speech cannot be stopped.

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    1. 1:07 "fight like hell, i will be there with you..."
      Not even in spirit, the bone spurs got on the way.
      It is not "freedom to lie"

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  10. Is it me or does it seem like now Sinaloa is taking the big hits? Before it was CJNG getting arrested and seizures but now it seems like CDS is taking the heat. Or am I tripping? You think it's because the Govt moved Mencho down on the DEA most wanted?

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  11. Ur not tripping.I was thinking the same thing. Between Northern Cali, the Mexico City bust (I think) and the Sinaloa shrimp boat, CDS looks to have lost a few hundred million in product recently.

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  12. This big “meth seizures” are exactly what the cartels want, and can be possibly planned.

    I remember reading an article about a big time meth dealer and his phone calls to his connects in Mexico.

    He claimed his contacts were complaint about the insanely low price of meth these days, and are doing “everything they can” to increase the prices.

    Their rampant and continuous flooding of meth has dropped the price of meth by 300-500%...

    It’s gotten so cheap (wholesale) that the previous domestic “cooks” have no need to make it anymore. All probably planned as well.

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    1. This is pretty interesting to me- idk a whole lot about meth- but i wonder what it cost the cartel to make a kilo?? 50$ maybe?? 1700 for a kilo sounds crazy cheap- especially when you see the mandatory minimums for it- 10 year for 50+ grams afaik?? FUCK THAT- that seems like nothing compared to the quantity that out there..

      I had a conversation a while back with someone on here- we were talking about how much of each of the hard drugs, are needed to supply a place like la, or the state of california- for a weekend--(fri-sun)

      Dude said for la alone(where he lived), 100 kilos per weekend- and for the state, prob 300-500 keys- this was meth- and just guesses- i dont remember the other #s- but the cartel is pumping out so much of that shit- hard to believe this country is going thru such large amounts- some of those labs put out crazy numbers, on a daily basis

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  13. Thats menchos territory

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    1. Mencho doesn't have territory! Wholesalers with ties to Mexico usually stay away from known CJNG dope. Not just because of the better quality around but because of what they are and what they represent

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  14. Thats Menchos territory since the 80s when he served time for heroin

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    1. yo my realize mencho worked for the sinaloa cartel at the time right, it was until like 2011 or something till he funded the jalisco cartel. mileno cartel, look it up.

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    2. 11:39 in the 80's when Mencho was in the Bay Area, (late teens/early twenties) he was slanging retail/small wholesale and his source of supply had to be people from his area of Michoacán as they would know who he is and trust him to not talk if he was arrested. Michoacanos have always worked quietly and amongst themselves, you and Google just didn't know..

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  15. I'm sure that was CJNG, they always like to say IT'S CDS because THAT'S what most off the people KNOW. I've seen that happen in California years back when la FAMILIA michoacana was deep on those parts. They caught a FM load and PEOPLE and media said it was CDS.. Happens all THE time

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