US claims major hit against Sinaloa Cartel’s stateside networks

Federal, state, and local law enforcement in California, Minnesota, and Maryland arrested 50 people Feb. 25 who the US Justice Department claims are operatives of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and related criminal enterprises. Authorities also confiscated $59 million in drug money, 12,000 kilos of cocaine, 1,200 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.3 million Ecstasy pills and more than 160 weapons. The Justice Department said federal agents arrested more than 750 alleged cartel operatives in the last 21 months as a part of the same investigation, “Operation Xcellerator.” Attorney General Eric Holder, making the announcement, said: “We can provide our communities the safety and the security that they deserve only by confronting these dangerous cartels head-on, without reservation. We can do that and we will do that. These cartels will be destroyed.” (KDBC, El Paso, Phoenix Business Journal, Feb. 25)

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