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U.S. govt. wants cash seized in California belonging to drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

January 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. govt. wants cash seized in California belonging to drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in San Diego permit vehicles packed with heroin, cocaine, and marijuana to enter and travel deep into California.

However, the method isn’t to help the traffickers, but rather to collect vital law enforcement intelligence. Agents tend to covertly place GPS trackers on designated vehicles and government aircraft flying at high elevations examine drug trade routes as well as identify the location of co-conspirators while traffickers ignorantly think that they’ve evaded capture.

Agents tend to covertly place GPS trackers on designated vehicles and government aircraft flying at high elevations examine drug trade routes as well as identify the location of co-conspirators while traffickers ignorantly think that they’ve evaded capture.

Back in 2014, FBI agents in Orange County, along with local police in the Regional Narcotics Suppression Program, began an investigation into the Sinaloa Federation cartel led by the infamous kingpin Joaquin Guzman Loera, also known as “El Chapo.”

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was apprehended back in January town of Los Mochis, Sinaloa

Guzman, who has gained notoriety for the savageness of his profitable drug enterprise and repeated escapes from prison, is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. Approximately three years ago, federal agents were secretly following drug shipments in California directly linked to ‘El Chapo.’

Although the full progress of the operation isn’t clear, the U.S. Department of Justice in Los Angeles recently granted rare glimpses into the surveillance of Sinaloa’s extensive cartel network.

According to OC Weekly, federal officials are currently seeking to formally deposit $126,000 of El Chapo’s alleged financial profits into the bank accounts of the government.

In January, undercover operatives, who were tracking drug shipments from Mexico to a gas station in Buena Park near I-5, planned the traffic stop of a suspected Sinaloa carrier driving a Chevrolet S10 pickup near Pacific Coast Highway and Fashion Island in an affluent neighborhood in Corona del Mar.

Map shows Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel extensive control of the major U.S. drug markets including California

Based on the investigation, the agents were already aware of what they would find. Inside of an ice-cream box, they discovered 637 hundred dollar bills, 72 fifty dollar bills, 2,890 twenty dollar bills, 55 ten dollar bills, and 66 five dollar bills.

Authorities also report that a trained narcotics detection canine named “Merit” signaled that the cash was “in the proximity of narcotics.”

In a spin-off investigation, agents seized 40 pounds of Sinaloa meth from a public storage facility near Fullerton’s airport.

Given that it is highly improbable that El Chapo or his attorneys will appear in court to challenge the seizures, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna will likely grant the government’s ownership claims in the Santa Ana’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in the coming weeks.

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