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Mexican authorities bust cartel smugglers using mobile CAT scan truck to smuggle cocaine across the border

November 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities bust cartel smugglers using mobile CAT scan truck to smuggle cocaine across the border

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Cartel smugglers employed a Mexican federal healthcare truck to transport nearly 600 pounds of cocaine.

The suspects concealed the drugs inside medical equipment while transporting it to the border city of Reynosa.

The cartel smugglers attempted to deceive Mexican soldiers with a truck that is used to conduct mobile imaging services.

According to El Manana, the soldiers apprehended three employees with Mexico’s Federal Healthcare System (IMSS) who took part in a program to provide mobile medical treatment to poor people in remote areas and survivors of the natural disasters which devastated Mexico in recent months.

The seizure and apprehensions occurred along the federal highway that joins the Mexican city of San Luis Potosi with Matamoros.

Mexican authorities intercepted a mobile imaging truck concealing 600 pounds of cocaine inside a cat-scan machine in Reynosa

Soldiers pulled over the smugglers at a military checkpoint in Las Norias in San Fernando, a rural area located near several border cities.

The bricks of cocaine weighed almost 600 pounds. Smugglers concealed the cocaine inside a mobile clinic that contained an imaging device.

The 371 bricks of cocaine had been hidden inside several parts of the imaging device. Officers took two nurses and the truck’s operator into custody.

Authorities indicated that the smugglers brought the shipment from the Tamaulipas capital of Ciudad Victoria.

The drugs were destined for the border city of Reynosa where cartel members would transport them into Texas.

The criminal relation between Ciudad Victoria and Reynosa, a Gulf Cartel stronghold, is not clear since the state capital has remained ground zero for a violent turf war between rival Los Zetas factions the Old School Zetas and Cartel Del Noreste (CDN).

Similarly, the Gulf Cartel is experiencing a similar split where two rival groups are fighting for control of the city of Reynosa, which has resulted in drug-related murders occurring on a daily basis.

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