Mexican drug traffickers charged with drug trafficking crime based on seizure of almost three tons of cocaine
The Defendants Were Transporting the Massive Cocaine Shipment in a Go-Fast Vessel off the Coast of Mexico’s Quintana Roo State
On or about Sept. 1, 2020, aircraft from the Mexican Navy located and began tracking a boat traveling northwest through the Caribbean Sea toward the Mexican city of Chetumal and the village of Mahahual. Shortly thereafter, the Mexican Navy intercepted the boat approximately 85 nautical miles off the coast of Quintana Roo, and boarded and searched it. During the search, the Mexican Navy found and arrested Montoya-Lopez, Garcia-Montoya, and Diaz-Hernandez. The Mexican Navy also found and seized approximately 2,960 kilograms of cocaine.
Montoya-Lopez, 45, Garcia-Montoya, 31, and Diaz-Hernandez, 39, all of Sinaloa, Mexico, are charged with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.