Mexican cartels use Private Planes to bring Coke from US to Austrailia
Lunes 11 de febrero del 2013 |
Mexican Mafias transported several tons of cocaine from the U.S. to Australia,in private planes according to U.S. court judicial documents cited by the Australian press. U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) suspects a Chicago group linked to Sinaloa cartel transported to Australia on a month basis an undetermined amount of cocaine in private planes and returned to the United States full of millions of dollars in cash.
10% of the booty went to pay the pilots, according to the DEA complaint filed in a court of Illinois against José "Juanito" Mares-Barragán, de 31, arrested Jan. 22 and charged with co-directing the organization, indicated the Australian agency (AAP) that who agreed with to court documents.
The complaint states that Mares Barragán and the other leader of the group, called "Individual A" for protection of his identity as a witness, met January 13, 2012 with an informant named "CS1" to discuss the export of cocaine from the U.S. to Australia.
The witness said that his associates were moving millions of dollars monthly from Australia to United States and that money was used to buy cocaine to be sold in Australia, "according to the complaint by the DEA.
During previous meetings, "CS1" posed as pilot and leader with protected identity asked if he was interested in moving millions of dollars from Australia to the United States, according to the text.
In 2011, a report by the Australian Crime Commission revealed that Mexican cartels extended their tentacles into the multi million dillar cocaine business in the oceanic country .
The Australians are among the largest consumers per capita of illicit drugs in the world and one kilogram of cocaine can cost up to one hundred times more than its price in South America.
Approximately 80% of the shipments of cocaine entering Australia are produced mainly from Colombia, Peru and Bolivia and then are sent hidden in goods shipped at ports of Colombia, Mexico and Panama, according to official data.