Category Archives: Drugs and Cartels

March 19, 2017

Georgia middle school teacher arrested in $6 million drug bust

Investigators executed a search warrant and found 61 kilos of cocaine, a kilo of heroin, guns and cash in the home, which Alvarez shared with Monica Pascual Brito and her brother.

Georgia deputies raided a middle school teacher’s home and seized guns and $6 million in cocaine and heroin.

The teacher Karla Alvarez, 28, and two others are facing drug trafficking and gun charges following Thursday’s drug bust by local authorities in Hall County.

Fox 5 Atlanta reported Friday that Alvarez is a teacher at Chestatee Middle School Academy in Gainesville. She also coaches the girls soccer team. She teaches Spanish, according to the school’s website.

“I’ve worked drugs and gangs for a long time and it was one of the larger cocaine seizures I’ve ever seen,” Hall County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Ware said, according to the station.

Investigators executed a search warrant and found 61 kilos of cocaine, a kilo of heroin, guns and cash in the home, which Alvarez shared with Monica Pascual Brito and her brother.

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March 18, 2017

Mexican Government Allows Top Cartel Bosses to Escape Prior to U.S. Extradition

One of the top lieutenants of the Sinaloa Cartel and four other key bosses chose to escape from a Mexican prison rather than face the U.S. justice system. Sinaloa Cartel members previously warned their key leader would not set foot in the United States.

The brazen escape took place on Thursday at the Aguaruto State Prison in Culiacan, Sinaloa, when authorities received a 911 call alerting them about an escape by Juan Jose “El Azulito” Esparragoza and some other key members of the Sinaloa Cartel. The fugitive cartel members are tied to the group led by Sinaloa top boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and the sons of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, said Cristobal Castañeda Camarillo, the Sub-secretary for Public Safety in Sinaloa. Mexican authorities would not go into details about the escape since the case remains under investigation and prison officials and guards are under investigation.

“Since they were inmates held on federal crimes, on repeated occasions state authorities had requested that they be taken to maximum security federal facilities; we are requesting for Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office to take over the case, Castañeda Camarillo said during a news conference.

Esparragoza Monzon is the son of the late Juan Jose “El Azul” Esparragoza, who along with “El Chapo” Guzman and “El Mayo” Zambada founded what became known as The Sinaloa Cartel. As Breitbart Texas previously reported, El Chapo escaped twice from Mexican maximum security prisons before being extradited to the United States.

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March 15, 2017

Heroin Is Behind 80 Percent Of All Crime In Plagued Community

“Heroin is taking up 80 to 90 percent of our time,” Det. Ken Miller with the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department told WKRN. “Everything we are dealing with now is related to heroin.”

Police officers fighting the opioid epidemic in a Tennessee community rattled by overdoses say heroin is the driving force behind the vast majority of crimes and deaths.

Heroin is ravaging Cheatham County with spiking overdoses throughout the community, driven by widespread prescription painkiller abuse. Officers in the county all carry and are trained in administering Narcan, the overdose reversal drug that can save addicts from death. Officers in the region say up to 90 percent of robberies, deaths and other crimes have their root in heroin, reports WKRN.

Cheatham County Police recently warned the community to expect an increase in overdoses, possibly due to a bad batch cut with a more powerful substance like fentanyl.

Fentanyl is an opiate-based painkiller known to be roughly 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

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March 13, 2017

Previously Deported Alien, Brother Busted With 200 Pounds of Meth

Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas reveal that immigration officials deported Jayro on at least two previous occasions. Border Patrol agents apprehended the Mexican national on at least three other occasions. A court sentenced him to prison after one of the incidents of illegally crossing the border and a second time for using a fraudulent document to cross the border illegally. The court sentenced him to two years in prison for that charge.

A joint law enforcement task force arrested a previously deported criminal alien and his brother for allegedly transporting nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents teamed up with deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to arrest two brothers who were allegedly smuggling a large volume of methamphetamine, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from ICE officials.

The task force attempted to arrested Jayor Haro-Lopez, 34, a Mexican national with a prior criminal history that includes prison time and at least two deportations, and his brother Hernan Haro-Lopez, 28, after observing them loading a suspicious box into one of their vehicles. Officials listed the younger brother as a Phoenix resident. The made no mention of his citizenship, nationality, or immigration status.

Officers surveilling the two brothers followed them to a storage facility where they removed a large box and placed it into Jayro’s SUV. After following the two vehicles for several miles, officers attempted to stop both vehicles. Hernan stopped his vehicle, but Jayro fled from the law enforcement officers in his SUV.

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State Drops Hammer On ‘Ruthless’ Doctors Profiting Off Opioid Addiction

“He was ruthless, he made my son into an addict,” Delmonaco told Fox News. “My son started taking it, he was injured in the military, he had pain, and he quickly got addicted. This doctor just kept writing prescriptions, the highest dosage.”

Doctors issuing mass opioid prescriptions in New Jersey are facing a legal crackdown to combat rampant heroin addiction fueled by painkillers.

A record number of doctors in the state were sanctioned in 2016 over their irresponsible prescribing habits, resulting in long-term suspensions, permanent revocation of medical licenses and in some cases criminal charges. George Beecher, a doctor in Somerset County, was found cashing in on the opioid epidemic with his associates by writing scripts for large quantities of oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller, to patients he never met or evaluated, reports Fox News.

In total, Beecher wrote prescriptions for roughly 60,000 tablets of oxycodone to more than 24 patients he never came into contact with. David Delmonaco, the father of a 21-year-old U.S. Army officer who committed suicide after getting addicted to oxycodone through Beecher, said the doctor “did it all for money.” The state sanctioned another 30 doctors during 2016 for failing to follow prescribing guidelines or deliberately violating medical standards for profit.

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March 9, 2017

Graphic: Mexican Cartel Spreads ISIS-Like Beheading Video to Gain Border Turf near Texas

Narco-terrorism is thriving near Texas as one of the Mexican cartels controlling the U.S.-Mexico Border is resorting to ISIS-like beheading videos to intimidate rivals and to scare the civilian population into complete compliance. The cartel, Los Zetas, is fighting for control of lucrative border drug and illegal immigration corridors into Texas. Breitbart Texas obtained exclusive video of Los Zetas’ narco-terror which can be viewed in full on LiveLeak.

A video that was leaked to Breitbart Texas by our sources in Mexico this week shows the moment when two gunmen wearing masks stand behind a shirtless man and begin to interrogate him. The gunmen claim to be members of the Los Zetas and fire off a series of threats against other Los Zetas factions; including Cartel Del Noreste (CDN), Vieja Escuela Z, and others. You can see the entire video in the Darby-Ortiz LiveLeak Channel; warning–the content is extremely graphic in nature.

Roughly an hour after publication, LiveLeak removed the video despite having served as a reliable platform for those wishing to share graphic content strictly for non-journalistic purposes. Should any law enforcement or other officials wish to review the footage, feel free to contact Breitbart Texas.

In the video, the shirtless male kneels as he is interrogated. The victim says he is David Mandujano Montoya and had been sent to Ciudad Victoria to carry out crimes in order to spark fear.

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March 5, 2017

Narco State: U.S. Confirms Venezuelan Officials Engage in Drug Trade

The socialist government of Venezuela has been allowing drug traffickers, including the notorious Mexican Sinaloa and Zeta cartels, as well as potential terrorists and other unsavory individuals, to freely operate inside the South American country unabated, without fear of reprisal, according to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

In written testimony on Venezuelan drug connections prepared for a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday, Dr. Shannon O’Neil Nelson from CFR noted:

In terms of security, Venezuela’s willingness to permit drug traffickers, organized crime networks, potential terrorists, and other nefarious actors within its borders affects U.S. national security as well. Reports show that Colombia’s Bandas Criminales (BACRIM), Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and National Liberation Army (ELN) all operate in the country, as do Mexico’s Sinaloa and Zeta cartels.

The nation has become a preferred drug smuggling route out of South America, with cocaine heading to the United States through Central America and the Eastern Caribbean, and to Europe through West Africa. The Venezuelan government effectively ended anti-narcotics cooperation a decade ago; since then Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations point to active collusion and collaboration between prominent government officials and drug traffickers.

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March 4, 2017

Massive gun, drug crackdown in California leads to indictments for 55 people

“This investigation demonstrates the complex, international and multi-faceted nature of the gang threat in North County where heroin, methamphetamine, and firearms related crimes threaten our communities,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric S. Birnbaum.

Fifty-five drug dealers and gang members are facing a slew of gun and drug trafficking charges following a massive bust extending from San Diego to Kingman, Arizona, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

The move was characterized as “one of the most significant crackdowns in recent memory,” noting that those arrested were responsible for a “substantial portion” of the heroin and methamphetamine distributed in the area.

Over 150 members of the North County Regional Gang Task Force, as well as multiple law enforcement agencies, worked together to search more than 20 locations throughout North County and Kingman early Wednesday morning. Several suspects were apprehended earlier this week, while others were already in custody. Seven defendants still remain at large, two of which authorities believe are in Mexico.

The arrests came as the result of a year-long investigation led by the Task Force, which included extensive surveillance and dozens of undercover drug and weapons purchases.

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February 25, 2017

Deputies make biggest drug bust in Multnomah Co. Sheriff’s Office history (Video)

Investigators seized 90-100 pounds of methamphetamine, two pounds of heroin, a gun and more than $29,000 in cash from the locations.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a raid tied to an ongoing heroin and methamphetamine investigation has led to the largest drug bust in the history of the sheriff’s office.

Members of the Special Investigations Unit and the Warrant Strike Team executed search warrants at a property in the 4000 block of Southeast 104th Avenue in Portland and at an apartment in the 1700 block of Orient Drive in Gresham Wednesday.

Investigators seized 90-100 pounds of methamphetamine, two pounds of heroin, a gun and more than $29,000 in cash from the locations.

According to the sheriff’s office, this was one of the largest drug raids in state history and the street value of the drugs is more than $2 million.

“In our mission to help those working to find success in drug treatment, it is critical that we work to remove the supply of drugs coming into our community,” Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese said. “Last night’s successful mission made a significant impact in removing a large amount of methamphetamine from making it to the streets of our community.”

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February 17, 2017

China White, Mexico’s New Heroin Threatening the United States

The network was comprised of imprisoned gang members from different California prisons. However, the final decisions were made by the leaders of the Mexican Mafia and MS13 incarcerated in Pelican Bay, a maximum-security facility in California.

Over the last ten years, US anti-narcotics agencies have witnessed a heroin epidemic that tripled the number of heroin addicts and caused more than 40,000 overdose deaths. The epidemic is the result of many factors, but there is one simple yet determining reason: the change in color of the heroin.

Traditionally, the heroin produced in Mexico has been of a dark brown color, which is how it got the nickname “Mexican tar.” It was consumed primarily in cities on the US West Coast. Users on the East Coast preferred “china white,” a white powder variety of heroin made popular by Chinese traffickers at the beginning of the 20th century.

Obeying the basics rules of supply and demand, Mexico’s cartels have changed their opium processing methods, inserting themselves into a growing market, “which has allowed the heroin threat to expand to unprecedented levels,” according to the 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary (pdf) from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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