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Leader connected to Zetas drug cartel operations in East Texas on the lam

March 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Leader connected to Zetas drug cartel operations in East Texas on the lam

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Authorities are investigating a drug trafficking head with ties to the Los Zetas drug cartel, along with another man associated with various seized illegal marijuana cultivation sites in East Texas.

Eduardo Ramirez Pineda is considered one of the heads within the drug trafficking organization and was managing daily operations of at least 15 marijuana cultivation sites.

Police are also seeking out Benito Duarte Ramirez, who is also allegedly involved in the operation, according to the San Antonio Express

Those cultivation sites were discovered in Houston, Smith, Sabine, Upshur, Morris, Anderson, Van Zandt, Henderson, and Harrison counties.

Benito Duarte Ramirez is wanted for his alleged involvement in marijuana grow sites across East Texas.

Operation Joint Venture, a task force launched in July 2015, helped destroy three sites and confiscated roughly 22,000 marijuana plants.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division, and the DEA initiated these seizures.

The task force had also apprehended many Mexican natives involved in the marijuana plot. Thirteen state arrest warrants were issued with bonds of $200,000 each.

Eduardo Ramirez Pineda is wanted for his alleged involvement in marijuana grow sites across East Texas. He allegedly has ties to Los Zetas Cartel.

The bonds for the Pineda and Ramirez were established at $400,000.

Three people were taken into custody Wednesday, according to a news release.

Between July 2015 to November 2016, approximately 77,000 marijuana plants have been seized from 15 sites by authorities.

The DEA’s formula for computing the amount of marijuana seized shows that the plants would have produced about 169,400 pounds of marijuana at a price of about $600 per pound. This indicates the pot would be worth over $101.6 million.

 

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