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$2.3M drug money seized from drug ring associated with Sinaloa cartel
Published On: 09-23-2016 in Category: Drug Abuse
A two-year long investigation led to the seizure of $2.3 million cash belonging to a Mexico-based drug trafficking ring, allegedly linked to Joaquin El Chapo Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel, recently from Anaheim, California.
A search warrant was served in May 2016 by the police on the 1200 Block of West Katella in Anaheim, California, which unearthed the drug trafficking ring. No drugs were found at the spot and no arrests have been made so far, the police said.
The police used wiretaps to track down the place that was home to a large-scale narcotics trade and also served as a storehouse of a huge amount of cash. The investigation was jointly conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and local law enforcement agencies in California.
The investigators unearthed details of numerous bank accounts in the name of Sinaloa cartel. As per the records, Sinaloa cartel is the most robust drug ring with its influence spread across the West Coast, the Midwest and the Northeast. In fact, the cartel has a monopoly in the illegal drug trade in almost the entire America.
Guzman entered the drug trade at an early age, driven by poverty and his abusive father, which turned him into the most influential man in the global drug trafficking business. Popularly known as El Chapo, which means “the short one,” due to his petit frame of 5-foot-6-inch, Guzman was arrested by the Guatemalan authorities in 1993 and was subsequently extradited to Mexico where he was given a 20-year jail sentence.
With a clout of a Robin Hood-like figure, Guzman hogged the limelight in 2001 when he bribed the jail guards and escaped via a laundry cart. However, he was arrested again in February 2014.
California and drug-related crimes
Lately, California has become a leader in transnational criminal activities, with 305 drug rings operating in the state in 2012 alone. It is one of the primary channels through which illegal drugs find route into other American states and even Canada. Most of the Mexico-based drug cartels transport drugs into California, generating billions of dollars annually.
Marijuana is the most used and trafficked drug in California, with Mexico-based drug trafficking rings, like the Sinaloa cartel being involved in growing large marijuana fields in Mexico. Drug trafficking, selling or cultivation is a serious offence that entails strict penalties.
Leading a drug-free life is possible
With an increase in the drug trafficking business in the U.S., an increasing number of people are getting an easy access to illicit drugs. Any sign of suspicious activities should be reported to the federal or local officials to check the scourge. Moreover, friends and family should be alerted if they find their loved ones getting inclined to abuse any form of drug.
If you or your loved one is addicted to any drug, contact the Anaheim Drug Treatment and Rehab Center, a pioneer in addiction-related treatments that can help you on your road to sobriety. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 714-589-2811 or chat online for more information regarding drug treatment programs.