A yearlong investigation by U.S. authorities in Kansas led to the arrest of a methamphetamine distribution cell tied to Mexico’s Los Viagras faction of the Familia Michoacana Cartel. The cartel cell is considered to be part of the violent cartel’s drug distribution operation which also has cells in Washington State and Georgia.
Court documents filed at the federal court in Wichita Kansas revealed that for more than a year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Kansas City Police targeted 57-year-old Luis Martinez Carrango and 13 of his associates tied to the widespread distribution of methamphetamine throughout the Midwest. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, during a recent raid targeting the cartel cell, agents seized 220 pounds of methamphetamine in the Kansas City Metro Area.
While not revealed in court documents, Breitbart Texas consulted with U.S. and Mexican law enforcement sources to confirm that Luis Martinez’s cell is part of Los Viagras from Michoacán. Law enforcement sources identified him as the criminal organization’s main point of distribution in the area and a close associate of Cesar “El Boto or Marrueco” Sepulveda Arellano, one of the top leaders of Los Viagras in Michoacán.
As Breitbart Texas reported, the man known as El Boto is the same cartel boss who in August 2018 placed a $100,000 bounty on one of the writers of Breitbart Texas’s Cartel Chronicles Project, only to be arrested by Mexican Marines 40 hours later after authorities received information on his precise location at a house in the state of Morelos. Despite his arrest, El Boto’s cell within Los Viagras continues to operate in Michoacán producing and moving large quantities of methamphetamine into the U.S. At the same time, the entire cartel continues a fierce turf war with Mexico’s Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion over control of Michoacán’s shipping ports and drug production areas.
Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at [email protected].
Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at [email protected].
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Cartels Make Power Plays in Mexico During Pandemic
After the Mexican government’s lackluster response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was well-documented by international media, ruthless cartels that already wield significant power are stepping in to fill the void.
“Alejandrina Guzman is using her company, El Chapo 701, to pack and deliver care boxes full of food, masks, hand soaps and other supplies, dubbed Chapo’s provisions, around Guadalajara,” Fox News reported.
Guzman is the daughter of notorious drug kingpin and cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Cartels are reportedly delivering the supplies to Mexican citizens.
In what appears to be an effort to antagonize Mexican authorities, Guzman has printed her father’s image on the medical face masks that the cartel henchmen wear while delivering the supplies.
El Chapo 701 is a legitimate company in Mexico, illustrating the mesh between legal business operations and illegitimate cartel operations. The company’s name was inspired by Forbes Magazine, which once dubbed El Chapo, who is serving a life sentence in a Colorado “Supermax” prison, the 701st richest man in the world.
He was estimated to be worth $1 billion.
“We are working and contributing. A great pleasure to visit your homes and give you these Chapo handouts,” Guzman reportedly said in a Facebook post with an image of herself wearing a face mask bearing her father’s likeness.
Cartels often exploit poor Mexican citizens by filling power vacuums where the government fails.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 situation is becoming more dire in Mexico.
South of the U.S. border, the country has reported 8,261 confirmed cases and 686 deaths as of Monday.
Bloomberg reported Sunday that hospitals in Mexico City, the country’s capital, are near full capacity despite the fact that the virus has not yet reached its peak.
Less than one month ago, while most Western countries were sheltered in place, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was on the campaign trail, posting videos of himself surrounded by crowds, shaking hands, and visiting restaurants.
CBP Seizes $1.5 Million Worth Of Cartel Fentanyl In Indiana
This is enough fentanyl to kill over 1 million Americans. President Trump was right to announce that our military will go after the cartels who produce the deadly drug & smuggle it into the U.S. Cartels are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to ship more & more of these deadly poisons into our country & they must be wiped out.
On March 30, Indianapolis U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted approximately four-and-a-half pounds of fentanyl in a package destined to East Elmhurst, New York.
The shipment was transiting through a local express consignment facility when CBP K9 Balbina alerted to the package. When officers opened the shipment they found a white styrofoam cooler lined with padded black material. The cooler held two sealed packages of white powder that tested positive for fentanyl. The street value for the fentanyl is about $1.5 million.
Indianapolis Port Director James Moore praised the canine staff for their outstanding interdiction. “Opioids pose a real danger to every community in America and are having fatal consequences across our nation,” said Moore. “This week our CBP officers were able to stop an enormous amount of these deadly narcotics from hitting our streets.”
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug with a potency roughly 100 times greater than morphine. It was originally developed to control pain for cancer patients. Large quantities of fentanyl have been manufactured in China but it is now mostly made in Mexico, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
“These efforts show our resolve to prevent these deadly drugs from entering our communities,” said Chief CBP Officer Tim Hubbard.
With more than 1,500 canine teams, the CBP Canine Program is the largest and most diverse law enforcement canine program in the country. The Canine Program supports canine training initiatives and serves as a resource center for a multitude of domestic and international law enforcement partners, and its graduates consistently excel in the field and in competition.
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