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Mexican Govt: A total of 192 cartel members arrested in Sinaloa in 2015 searching for fugitive drug lord “Chapo” Guzman

January 4, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Govt: A total of 192 cartel members arrested in Sinaloa in 2015 searching for fugitive drug lord “Chapo” Guzman

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In 2015, the Mexican military’s offensive against drug traffickers has yielded 192 people arrests in the state of Sinaloa the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) in the search of Chapo Guzman.

The military has increased presence in the Golden Triangle, which is a mountainous region bordering the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, and Durango, as part of stepped up operations to recapture fugitive drug lord Joaquin who escaped through a 1.5-mile long tunnel from the Altiplano prison back in July.

All of the 192 suspects arrested last year were involved in drug trafficking, the agency reported.

Troops from the territorial command destroyed 206,000 pounds unprocessed marijuana in raids conducted last year.

Soldiers seized another 466 kilograms of cocaine, 238 kilograms of opium gum and 14 liters of the same drug also secured; 12 thousand 946 liters of methamphetamine and 23 thousand 637 kilos of heroin.

Also, the Department of Defense announced the total seizures of weapons and assets in 2015 including:

– Over Two million in cash

– 400 automatic weapons with 300 thousand rounds and 59 cartridges of different calibers.

– 40 thousand chargers

– 26 grenade launchers with three attachments

– One rocket launcher

– 360 vehicles

– 67 motorcycles

– Two ATVs.

In total, soldiers burned in 2015, 6,986 marijuana plants in an area of 1219.3049 hectares and another 4,640 poppy plantations in an area of 824.3930 hectares.

The area has recently seen an increase in violence. Last week an ambush by alleged cartel gunmen led to deaths of two Marines, who were patrolling the village of El Ebano, the Mexican Navy said in an announcement.

The government is pushing to recapture Guzman and other leading cartel members including Ismael El Mayo” Zambada and Rafael Caro Quintero, who is responsible for the 1985 torture and execution of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who are believed to be hiding in the area.

Since military operations began, hundreds of civilians have been displaced fleeing the violence.

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