Sinaloa Drug Cartel Now Short $7.8 Million, 435 Pounds of Meth, and 650 Pounds of Weed -- Compliments of Arizona Law Enforcement Agencies

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Joaquin Guzman-Loera is the head of the Sinaloa Cartel. He's also one of the richest men in the world.
The Sinaloa drug cartel recently suffered what local law enforcement agencies are considering a "significant blow" -- a 15-month investigation has led to the arrest of more than 200 people, the seizure of hundreds of pounds of various drugs, and close to $8 million in cash.

Just how "significant" a blow the bust really is is debatable (more on that below).

The Tempe Police Department, in collaboration with the Phoenix DEA Strike Force Group, "were able to dismantle and take down an extensive trafficking cell" they say is connected to the Mexico-based cartel.

"These drug traffickers are conducting a dirty business," Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says. "Their customers are both adults and children, their products are poison, and their profits enrich Mexican drug lords enabling them to continue this cycle of criminality, abuse and death."

According to Tempe police, the investigation, known as "Operation Crank Call," started after a Tempe police officer busted up a drug deal while on routine patrol. One of the two men busted was found to be delivery boy for the cartel, dropping off drugs to buyers in Tempe, Phoenix, and other Valley cities.

The investigation led to the following:

*203 arrests.
*43 search warrants.
*The seizure of 44 firearms.
*The seizure of $7.8 million in cash.
*The seizure of 650 pounds of weed.
*The seizure of 435 pounds of meth.
*The seizure of 123 pounds of cocaine.
*The seizure of 4.5 pounds of heroin.

"It is frankly an obscene amount of drugs and money that have been taken off the streets, and those numbers reflect the horrific scope of the drug trafficking problem in our community," Horne continues.

The law enforcement agencies involved in the bust spent this morning patting themselves on the back for the "blow" they dealt to what many consider to be the most powerful drug cartel in the world.

The cartel suffered another "significant blow" a few years ago, when the federal government conducted "Operation Xcellerator," which led to the arrest of 750 cartel members, and the seizure of $59 million.

The Sinaloa Cartel is run by Joaquin Guzman Loera, who is currently the FBI and Interpol's "Most Wanted" fugitive. In addition to being the most wanted man on the planet, Guzman Loera has also made Forbes list of the most powerful people in the world every year since 2009. He's a billionaire who's also listed as the tenth richest man in Mexico, heading a cartel that's moved more than 200 tons of cocaine in the last 20 years.

In other words, $7.8 million and a few hundred pounds of drugs isn't gonna make or break the Sinaloa Drug Cartel.

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Bernice Howard
Bernice Howard

Huge drug problem in Sunnyslope - From the NE corner of Dunlap Ave and Cave Creek Rd., North on CC Road to Mountain View Rd. East to 12th Street Then South back to Dunlap.For many years have had many drug problems and PPD always say thy are in the midst of working on the problem, but there is no let up on drug dealing and crime in the area.  It appears the attitude is that the problem is confined to this area, so leave it alone.  It is hell for good citizens in the area who are unable to re-locate -  Many have sacrificed and left the area for fear of the problem. As the old saying goes, not in my back yard. P.S. - Some in this area are afraid to report problems to PPD as if the law shows on their doorstep, then they are classified as the enemy, and afraid of repercussions.Maybe Joe should visit ????  At least he does plow ahead.

Mr. Rebel

Maxpowerpi
Maxpowerpi

This is POCKET CHANGE  to the cartel!  Do you think the Cartel has not already done the risk analysis and priced losing X% loads and X% cash in their drug prices?

This is idiotic to think that this is hurting the Cartel.  They probably LET law enforcement find this little bit, so a BIGGER load of $ and drugs could get through....

Howardhuge
Howardhuge

i wonder if any of these guns were purchased via the NEWTIMES website. Did you guys know you can buy guns off the grid from the new times website?

Aguila_j
Aguila_j

Just think of all the tax money that would be saved if Americans did not hunger so badly for these drugs.

Marcy
Marcy

Those obscene profits the drug cartels are racking in are only possible BECAUSE OF law enforcement.  Law enforcement makes drug cartels possible and drug cartels are used as an excuse to hire more cops.  They actually love each other.

I have no problem with people legally poisoning themselves with their drug of choice, which for Tom Horney is booze.  They just need to face the consequences, if any, of their use.

malapai
malapai

I thought Janet Napolitano said there were no Cartels in the USA? What gives?

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

435 pounds of meth...wow. That crap ruins lives everyday. peace

MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

How come the cops never get the young mexican girls cocaine, meth and pot dealers on my street? they have been in business for almost 9 years now and never get busted. the neighbors have called the cops atleast 3 times on these women drug dealers and still nothing ever happens. police officer chuck williams of the cactus precint was the one over seeing this area and he does nothing about these female mexican cocaine meth and pot dealers. why is that? dont cops think that  surburban mexican women sell drugs? they do. thats why they can get away with it eaiser than men do. they are not as obvious  and they drive nice new hummers and fancy pick up trucks. and nobody over there ever works.

teknik1200
teknik1200

you mean think of all the tax money we would save if we ended the prohibition.

the law enforcement agencies need that cash so they can have lots of cops out harassing people.

Bob_lablaw
Bob_lablaw

Just think of all of the electrons that could be spared if Mike Yevtuck did not hallucinate to the point where he believes he knows where the Hell's Angels make their money, and how Maria got a Hummer, instead of giving one

MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

 She gets paid to lie to American Citizens just like all Govt or Political workers and people in DC do. they actually get paid to lie to us. pretty good scam huh? DC stands for Downright Criminals - DC

teknik1200
teknik1200

that is A LOT of meth.  nasty stuff.  it's disturbing to see there was nearly as much meth as there was dirt weed.

MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

 KEED SPILLS I MEAN SPEED KILLS. a 1960s hippie saying. speed meth crank abuse is nothing new and has been around a long long time in america. even Jap comma cozie pilots used it as as well as Hitlers Nazies. the Hells Angels have cooked sold and used crank since the 1960s hippie days in frisco california and have gotten rich on it. how do you think they afford all those nice new shiny harley davidson motorcycles with out haveing a 40 hour a week job? you notice how the cops get the local mexican drug dealer guys but they never bust the local Hells Angels for meth? funny how that works out huh? outlaw bikers main money source is meth and always has been since the late 1960s. they cook it themselves to keep more of the profits. its called biker crank or angel crank made by the Hells Angels mc. the biggest crank cooker on earth back in the 1970s and 80s was Hells Angels oakland california member kenny owen. he is still alive and well in oakland and still a member of the HA at 62? years old

Guest
Guest

Don't kid yourself about drug dealers not working. Dealing successfully is hard work, and risky, high-stress work at that. The myth of drug dealing being easy money is just that: a myth. There certainly is money, but it isn't easy.

MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

 The female mexican drug dealers on my street I speak of do not do drugs they just sell them just like any business to make money. they all have kids  and look as sweet and nice as the fresh driven snow. thats how they have been able pull it off for 9 years now. no one suspects them when they look so normal and suburban and almost white anglo in their appearance. pretty smart con job huh? it has kept  the cops fooled for 9 years now.

Guest
Guest

 where did you do your time?

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