This has been a triumphant week for the Trump administration. On Thursday investigators delivered a crippling blow to El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel.
75 people have been indicted. 40 were nabbed just in San Diego. It’s the biggest investigation of its kind in the city’s history.
Investigators have seized six million dirty dollars so far along with massive amounts of illicit narcotics.
The defendants are accused of laundering drug money for the Sinaloa cartel. Interim U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman revealed that tens of millions of dollars passed through the unscrupulous group’s hands.
“We have siphoned the cash and life out of a San Diego-based international money laundering organization with ties to the Sinaloa cartel,” Braverman said.
The leader of the group, Jose Roberto Lopez-Albarran, was arrested a month ago. His men “stashed the cash in hidden compartments of vehicles, or in cash-stuffed duffel bags, luggage, even shoe boxes. They picked up the cash in parking lots, hotels and restaurants in San Diego and other cities large and small.”
The thugs then briefly deposited the cash in a U.S. bank account before being wire transferred to Mexico.
“Mexican cartel leaders who supply fentanyl and other opioids and other drugs to drug dealers… should know they are not safe from our law enforcement efforts,” Ben Glassman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, said.
“They’re in our sights. We will investigate them, we will charge them and we will bring them to justice. We’re going to increase the cost of doing drug trafficking business for the cartels in Mexico.”
President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are making huge strides towards reducing crime in the country. They’ve cracked down on illegal immigration and now they’re arresting cartel members.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, the cartel’s former boss, was arrested in 2016.
(Source: San Diego Union-Tribune)