Authorities in Arizona confiscated narcotics and arrested at least 70 narcotraffickers linked to the Sinaloa Cartel said an official involved the operation.
The operation that included three raides conducted jointly by local, state and federal over 17 months, led to the arrest of mexicans and Americans working with the cartel based in the Sinaloa state, said the source who spole on the condition of anonymity. "This is one of the most important narcotics operations so far. This is a multimillion-dollar drug trade organization related to the cartel." said the official. The authorities confiscated narcotics, money, weapons, ammunition and bulletproof vests, breaking with a sophisticated network of international drug trafficking. The drugs were smuggled from Mexico to Arizona by car, plane on foot and through tunnels. The cartel is based in northwestern Sinaloa on the Mexican Pacific coast, an area of large plantations of marijuana and poppy, considered the cradle of the drug in the country since the 60's. The criminal group handles 65 percent of all drugs illegally transported to the US, experts say. Today the US DEA will give more details of the operation at a press conference.