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FBI agents take down drug trafficking crew linked to the Sinaloa Cartel

August 10, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
FBI agents take down drug trafficking crew linked to the Sinaloa Cartel

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Feds take down Sinaloa Cartel drug trafficking ring in Southern California

The FBI has announced that they’ve apprehended dozens of suspects and seized hundreds of pounds of drugs – including almost a ton of cocaine – in a bust of a drug enterprise in Southern California affiliated with the Sinaloa Cartel.

On Wednesday, federal authorities announced the indictments resulting from “Operation Narconetas,” charging dozens for their participation in the Sinaloa-linked drug trafficking group.

“These indictments charge the cells that enabled the cartels to traffic the drugs across the border and we believe we’ve impacted their operations by taking out the transportation cells,” Assistant FBI Director Paul Delacourt stated.

The FBI officials released these photos of drugs and money allegedly smuggled during trafficking operations involving the Sinaloa Cartel.

Agents confiscated close to 1 ton of cocaine, 850 pounds of meth, 93 pounds of heroin, 50 pounds of marijuana and $1.42 million in cash from warehouses and stash houses, Fox32 reported.

“Very big deal,” one detective said, who was not named to protect his identity. “We have hurt the Sinaloa cartel.”

The 3-year probe showed that this drug trafficking group was profiting as much as $3.5 million a month in Southern California alone.

According to officials, the drugs were shipped to the Inland Empire cities, including Ontario, Norco, and Hemet, using trucks, cars, and planes. From there, the drugs were sent to Nevada and Arizona, and as far as Kansas and Minnesota.

A total of 22 people have been taken into custody, but 35 suspects believed to be in Mexico remain on the lam.

FBI officials say the Mexican government was essential in the investigation.

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