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Cartel using Ford Fusions to smuggle pot into the U.S.

April 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel using Ford Fusions to smuggle pot into the U.S.

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Ford dealers, a rental lot, and one consumer in the Midwest were shocked by the 40-60 pound bags of cartel pot in the trunks of their Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs.

A report by Alpha News indicated a minimum of 22 vehicles produced at Ford’s Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico were transporting approximately 1,100 lbs of marijuana, with an estimated value of $1.4 million, into Minnesota.

The drugs were first discovered in February during a customary inspection at the Dayton’s Bluff holding lot in St. Paul, Minnesota while moving them from rail cars to trailers to be brought to car dealerships.

The giant parcels of pot were discovered concealed in the spare tire well of the trunks of the Ford Fusions.

Parcels of marijuana recovered in the Dilworth drug raid, Source: Dilworth PD/Facebook

Two of the drug-smuggling vehicles (one Fusion and one MKZ) were detected before it was sent to the dealership, but the other thirteen in that rail car were already sent to dealers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

An 86-year-old man, who worked as a drug mule bought one of them, and three others made it to the Enterprise rental lot of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport.

Police successfully seized the drugs from all fifteen cars from that shipment.

This occurred before a March 2017 incident in Dilworth, where seven vehicles were found with bags of weed shaped like half of a tire in the spare tire well.

The Sinaloa Cartel utilized the Ford plant in Mexico to ship marijuana to the Minnesota area

Imprisoned Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who currently awaits trial in New York City, is suspected to be involved because his Sinaloa drug cartel dominates the area where the Ford Hermosillo factory is located.

The Sinaloa cartel also has an organized presence in Minnesota.

The drugs were likely put in the vehicles while still in Mexico, and the plan was presumably for a co-conspirator in Minnesota to break into the vehicles to recover the drugs.

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