Texas Deputies Arrest 5 Mexican Citizens and Recover Over 280 Lbs of Marijuana
A recent incident in Texas saw police intercept and arrest over 380 pounds of marijuana, meth, and heroin in a Chevy truck. Five Mexican citizens pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than a thousand kilograms of marijuana. These smugglers were arrested in El Paso and Godfrey. What’s more, the drugs were worth at least $60,000.
380 pounds of heroin, meth and marijuana smuggled into the U.S.
Earlier this year, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 380 pounds of marijuana, meth, and cocaine from people attempting to enter the country illegally. The seizures were mostly made by Mexican nationals, but one American woman also was arrested. She was found in possession of 15 pounds of heroin and four pounds of meth, each worth more than $170,000.
Drug seizures have been rising in recent years. In the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, CBP officials seized approximately 380 pounds of heroin, meth and marijuana. The amount of seized drugs, their value, and enforcement statistics are listed below. Currently, the narcotics seizures are estimated at approximately $83 million a year.
The seizures occurred in two separate incidents. The first involved a 26-year-old Mexican national attempting to enter the U.S. via Port Douglas, Ariz. He was caught when CBP officers used a drug detection canine to search his Nissan truck. When the canine alerted officers, they discovered 180 packages of marijuana and heroin in the vehicle, worth more than $60,000.
The investigation continued into Alaska, where a SEANET team assisted the United States Coast Guard. The raid led to the seizure of 1.7 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and six grams of marijuana. The agents also seized a rifle and handgun in Juneau, and arrested one of the suspects. These arrests made headlines in the federal press.
Five Mexicans pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana
The five Mexican citizens who were convicted of the conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than a thousand kilograms of marijuana will be sentenced to prison. The case centers around the operation of a smuggling corridor. They worked with the Gente Nueva de Durango drug trafficking organization, which controlled human smuggling in the Valle de Juarez, located south of El Paso.
The defendants’ case began on Dec. 8, 2020, when a truck driver attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico arrived in Laredo, Tex. Upon inspection of the truck, X-rays revealed 3,210 kilograms of marijuana. The driver’s entry documents linked her to a company in Houston, and WhatsApp messages indicated she had discussed a plan with her alleged co-conspirators.
The arrests come as a blow to the narcotics and heroin trade. The federal government is preparing to impose new restrictions on the distribution of these drugs. As a result, law enforcement agencies from all parts of the country are working to crack down on illegal smuggling and human trafficking. The prosecution’s goal is to make sure that Mexico is free of drug-related crime, and that U.S. citizens can live their lives in safety.
The government can prove the intent of the defendants by looking at prior sales and other evidence. This is particularly relevant if the defendants are members of the same family or in a close social circle. The government can use prior drug sales, possession of equipment, and amount of drugs found in their possession as evidence of the defendants’ intent. Ultimately, the prosecution can impose a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $4 million or more.
Earlier this year, a U.S. fugitive from extradition to Mexico pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. During this time, they accumulated a total of $13 million in profits. They restructured their operation to resemble compliance with Maine’s medical marijuana regime, but the truth is that they routinely sold bulk cannabis to narcotics dealers in the illicit market. In 2018, the brothers sold over a million dollars’ worth of drugs in Maine for out-of-state distribution. One of them, Brandon Dagnese, was a convicted felon.
Five Mexicans were arrested in Godfrey
Madison County Sheriff’s deputies recovered over 280 pounds of marijuana after responding to a service call in Godfrey, Illinois. When deputies arrived, they found marijuana and other narcotics. One of those individuals, 25-year-old Jordan M. Pratt, was arrested on felony charges of possession with intent to deliver cannabis and methamphetamine.
Deputies in Madison County executed a search warrant on Friday, resulting in the discovery of a large amount of marijuana. The 280 lbs was seized from five homes, including Jordan M. Pratt’s, who worked at a cannabis dispensary. Pratt also was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis and methamphetamine.
Five Mexicans were arrested in El Paso
A recent investigation by the Border Patrol turned up over 280 pounds of marijuana and five Mexican citizens. Two of those people were arrested on marijuana charges, including an illegal alien from Mexico named J.R. and a convicted sex offender. The drugs were discovered about ten miles south of Marathon, Texas. The other two were arrested on separate drug charges and are awaiting trial on illegal entry to the U.S.
The police report states that the drug bust was the result of a tip received by the Mexican Federal Judicial Police that a major drug dealer from Santa Elena was about to stage a raid. A warrant had been issued for P.A. at the time of the incident, and the FBI was notified. The team was sent to the park side of the Rio Grande, and at that time, five park rangers were present.
The drug bust was the result of a series of investigations that spanned several days and many arrests. In the first case, a 2001 Ford pickup with Mexican license plates was impounded on a highway in El Paso. The passengers were interviewed and showed citizenship documents. The driver admitted to carrying more than 2,800 pounds of processed marijuana, which was hidden in plastic barrels, a toolbox, and rear seat. Afterward, rangers were alerted to look for vehicles equipped with external antennae. During this time, a Ford F-350 pickup with a two-way radio was also found abandoned near a north exit of the park.
The report further mentioned the marijuana connection between the United States and Mexico. However, the report did not mention that Mexicans were the only people who used marijuana in El Paso. The report also said that the drug was not limited to the Mexican population and was commonly used among solitaries and prisoners. In this context, the two countries share the same history. It is no longer a matter of whether or not the Mexican immigrants smoked marijuana.
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