The Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) reported this Monday, December 26, on the link to the process of two fentanyl traffickers who tried to smuggle the drug into the United States hidden in coconuts.
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Through the Specialized Prosecutor for Organized Crime (Femdo), a district judge specialized in the accusatory criminal system in Sonora, based in Hermosillo, Sonora, obtained the link to the process against Gildardo “I” and María “H”.
The two traffickers were linked due to their probable responsibility in the crime against health in the modality of transporting fentanyl.
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Both were arrested on December 1st by elements of the Federal Ministerial Police (PFM) and the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), who after being alerted by an anonymous complaint They moved to a highway point to confirm the complaint.
They were detained on the Hermosillo Coast road, Hermosillo-Puerto Libertad section bound for Mexicali, Baja California, where they observed a tractor-trailer with the characteristics that had been pointed out to them.
The unit was carrying a load of coconuts that, after an inspection, located a bulk shipment of coconuts where they were secretly carrying 265 bags with three million 114 thousand 490 fentanyl pills and five packages of fentanyl powder with more than four kilograms.
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The synthetic opioid was hidden in the compartment of a railroad car, detailed the director of Customs and Border Protection, Michael W. Humphries.
the drug was hidden inside coconuts that were carried by the vehicle, which were cut in half to hide the blue pills.
In one of the recordings one of the elements of the Prosecutor’s Office could be seen opening the coconuts by hitting them on the groundIn addition, the drug doses that were covered by transparent plastic bags were shown.
In addition, they were assured of numerary in national currency and in American dollars and various documentation. The detainees, the cargo, the narcotics and the money were made available to the ministerial authority.
At the initial hearing, the agent of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), attached to the Specialized Unit for the Investigation of Crimes Against Health, presented the arguments that were sufficient and forceful for the federal judge to grant the connection to the process and impose informal preventive detention as a precautionary measure; Four months were determined for the complementary investigation.
As part of the actions of the US government to combat the flow of drugs attributed to the Sinaloa cartels (CDS) and Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), in 2022 more than 379 million lethal doses of fentanyl were seized.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that, from January 1 of this year to December 22, the operations resulted in the seizure of a total of 50.6 million fentanyl pills and more than 4,500 kilos of powder of this narcotic.
According to DEA laboratory estimates and information provided by Anne Milgramhead of the anti-drug agency, the amount of fentanyl insured throughout 2022 it would be enough to kill everyone in the United States (USA).
“Fentanyl is the deadliest drug stalking this country,” the DEA acknowledged in a statement. It should be noted that this opioid is 50 times more powerful than heroinbecause only two milligrams could be enough to end the life of a person.
The first alerts about this narcotic began to appear in the US since 2019, but by 2021 its flow had reached worrying levels, since it is considered that in those two years seizures increased by 430 percent.
In this sense, the agency reported that in 2022 there was an increase in the percentage of pills with lethal doses (six out of ten) compared to those registered the previous year (four out of ten).