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Sinaloa Cartel's N.H.-Europe Drug Pipeline Uncovered

September 04, 2012  | 

A three-year investigation led by the FBI's Boston field office netted a cartel kingpin's cousin, 346 kilos of cocaine, and the discovery of a new trafficking route from Spain to New Hampshire.

Three members of the Sinaloa Cartel, including the first cousin of leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman-Loera, were arrested on drug conspiracy charges, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.

Manuel Jesus Guttierez Guzman, Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, and Samuel Zazueta Valenzuela were arrested in the port city of Algeciras, Spain, on Aug. 7 by the FBI and Spanish National Police.

The seized cocaine was shipped by the cartel during the undercover operation. Authorities also seized heroin and methamphetamine in May in Detroit that was tendered by the cartel as partial payment for costs incurred in previously scheduled but aborted shipments of cocaine.

Also arrested in Spain was Jesus Soto, an individual who was sent to Spain by the cartel to monitor the safety of the shipment of cocaine.

A New Hampshire grand jury indicted the suspects with conspiracy to distribute 1,000 or more kilograms of cocaine. Undercover agents met with cartel members in New Hampshire, Florida, and the Virgin Islands to discuss the drug distribution scheme. The Boston Police Department and FBI led the investigation.


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Frank @ 9/4/2012 5:30 PM

Great catch! But I'm afraid you will have to throw them back in. According to Massachusetts Top Cop, Martha Coakley. What's Illegal about being Illegal? Why bother? If we controlled ALL our borders according to the laws on the books and let ALL LEO"s do their job the cartels would have never made it to the New England area in the first place. Mayor Bloomberg worries about sugar. Mayor Menino worries about a Chicken eatery. I worry about Drugs, Illegals and Gang Activity more than any Muslim terrorist. A subject that seems to go under the radar unless you live in the Southwest border states. Our country is taking on a Mexican look and flavor.

[email protected] @ 9/11/2012 10:13 AM

Hey Frank, coakley is just echoing the Homeland Security (?) talking heads beliefs. After all, our borders are safer then ever!! Unless you live in one of the S/W states where we're being overrun with illegals from every country there is. I agree with your worries as I watch our once great country slowly sink into a socialist cesspool. Can't wait 'til November. Blues, stay safe!!

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