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Feds dismantle nationwide cartel drug ring with help of Dallas real estate agent

January 7, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds dismantle nationwide cartel drug ring with help of Dallas real estate agent

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The Dallas Morning News reported that Federal authorities have smashed cells of an upstart ruthless drug cartel in Dallas with the help of a real estate agent who smuggled drugs into the U.S

Federal prosecutors say former real estate agent Nicholas Salinas was sentenced to six years for his role in a nationwide drug trafficking ring operated by cells of the violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in Dallas and Atalanta.

Based out of the western Mexican state of Jalisco, Law enforcement officials say the CJNG is the fastest-growing and most dangerous drug cartel operating south of the border.

The New Generation cartel started out as the enforcement wing of the Sinaloa Cartel before it splintered off to form an independent group.

The CJNG have since expanded into a powerhouse rivaling the Sinaloa Federation.

The organized crime group has engaged in mass executions of rival drug groups and attacks against Mexican security forces, which includes two ambushes in 2015 that killed 20 police officers in Guadalajara.

Federal agents say Oscar “La Momia” Soto-Cabezas lead the cartel’s cells, which sold large amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine throughout the U.S. using some “command and control elements” centered back in Mexico.

“Salinas signed for a residence under his name to avoid law enforcement detection, at the direction of Soto-Cabezas,” according to court records.

Federal agents said Salinas was caught in 2012 trying to cross the border with 9 kilos of meth stashed in a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

He immediately flipped and began working for federal authorities. The 36-year-old revealed to agents that Soto-Cabezas led the drug ring and used Salinas and other drivers as drug mules.

Officials said he admitted he and drivers like himself would drive to Mexico using the Laredo border crossing route to deliver drug proceeds directly to Soto-Cabezas and would return with a shipment of methamphetamine.

Records show the information provided by Salinas would lead to the arrests of over a dozen cartel operatives in North Texas and the seizures of 100 pounds of methamphetamine, two meth labs, $100,000 in cash, one bulletproof vest, drug ledgers, 12 firearms, six vehicles.

Prosecutors say among those indicted, included the leaders of the Dallas cells identified as Eliezar “Eli” Aleman and Jose “Che” Cabrera-Valencia. A federal judge recently sentenced Aleman to 16 years in prison and Cabrera-Valencia to 15 years court record show.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Aleman was in charge of recruiting drug mules to “body-carry” cash to Mexico while riding on buses. A female admitted to federal investigators she made around 60 trips, with each time carrying up to $200,000 between 2006 and 2010.

Many of those indicted have been convicted and sent to jail. However, Soto-Cabezas remains a fugitive in Mexico.






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