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Cross border raid by U.S. and Mexican authorities nabs 24 top Sinaloa cartel operatives

January 31, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Cross border raid by U.S. and Mexican authorities nabs 24 top Sinaloa cartel operatives

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A top secret operation conducted by numerous U.S. law enforcement agencies and Mexican Federal Police along the Arizona border has resulted in the capture two dozen “very high-ranking” Sinaloa Cartel operatives.

Already reeling from the arrest of its leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman back on January 8th, officials say the operation, dubbed “Operation Diablo Express” has dealt a significant blow to the Sinaloa cartel.

According to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman (CBP), the massive raid took place Friday, which involved multiple law enforcement agencies including Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, FBI, DEA, Arizona State, and local police agencies along with Mexican Federal authorities.

U.S. officials said the bust was kept with the “utmost secrecy,” and lasted all day Friday.

Agents converged on the neighboring border cities of Lukeville and Sonoyta, which is near a popular beach frequented by Americans.

ICE agents helped Mexican federal police into the U.S. to keep any people in the area safe during the operation, Christensen said.

Two suspected cartel gunmen were killed in the operation. Agents seized a number of high-powered assault weapons and hundreds of pounds of drugs.

Although the 24 suspects, who’s names have not been released are in the custody of the Mexican authorities. U.S. officials are working to have the Sinaloa operatives extradited to the United States to face charges.

CBP spokesman Gillian Christensen said the 24 alleged members of the Sinaloa Cartel arrested operated around border region of Sonoyta, Mexico, and Lukeville, Arizona.

“The Sinaloa cell target in this raid has been responsible for the importation of millions of pounds of illegal drugs, including marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, into the United States from Mexico during its existence.

“The criminal organization is also responsible for the smuggling of millions of dollars in U.S. currency, along with weapons, into Mexico,” Christensen said in a statement.”

“ICE applauds the Government of Mexico for their bold action in taking down this criminal organization and for their continued pressure on the Sinaloa Cartel throughout Mexico,” Christensen added.

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