This is how the narco networks operate in Mexican airports
Colombian organizations and Mexican cartels such as Sinaloa, Jalisco Nueva Generación and Beltrán Leyva have expanded their networks in Mexico airports for the transfer of drugs and money, in actions involving platform personnel, pilots, elements of private security, customs, overcharges, and in which federal police have also been involved.
A report from the Federal Police confirms that although there are assurances, these are only a small sample of what actually moves on commercial flights and at the air terminals.
They recognized that what they have assured, in many cases are distractors for larger shipments to pass. The center of operation par excellence for the drug cartels is the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM)
For this, they explained that criminal organizations have used a mutation cooptation system among the same passengers, but also in these movements is involved personnel working in the air terminals.
The operation of the drug cartels in these transportation centers takes more than 20 years. The detainees have used the airlines Copa Airlines, Iberia, Volaris, Air France, Aeromexico and Mexicana de Aviación.
According to information from the Federal Police and the Attorney General's Office (PGR), the flights come mainly from Peru, Panama, Colombia, the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Spain.
In this way, the AICM becomes the point of the drug trafficking groups to triangulate the transfer of drugs from Central and South America to the United States or the European continent, mainly of substances such as cocaine, heroin, crystal, ephedrine, fentanyl and pseudoephedrine.
From 2007 to the beginning of 2016, at least 256 drug seizures were made at the airport in this capital.
In the first of those years (2007) 25 operations were carried out; 46 in 2008, 31 in 2009, 26 in 2010, 25 in 2011, 25 in 2012, 32 in 2013, 33 in 2014, 11 in 2015 and two in 2016.
Pain that betrays.
He boarded the plane at the airport in Panama bound for Mexico City. Everything was going well until he began to feel discomfort already in Mexican territory. He felt nervous, sweated, could not stand the pain anymore and asked for help from the Federal Police; he had to confess that in his stomach he had 41 latex capsules with drugs inside him.
A month later, another mule tried. Now she was a woman who had eaten 22 sausages stuffed with drugs, but the pain betrayed her before she reached her goal.
Thus, and in other innovative ways, drug cartels continue to operate in the country's air terminals.
In August 2016, the Attorney General's Office seized 100 useful anti-aircraft cartridges from the United States at the Mexico City International Airport, which were hidden in carcass boxes.
The investigation folder was opened after knowing that, according to the boarding guide, they had as destination the state of Michoacán. Months before a cargo was intercepted from Germany that contained two telescopic sights of high precision, its final destination was Pungarabato, a municipality of Guerrero.
The lines of investigation of the Attorney General's Office and of the Federal Police itself also point to elements of that dependency involved in the networks that operate for drug cartels in the country's airports.
In the preliminary investigation AP / 970 / D / 2005, opened by the federal attorney's office, it was confirmed that there was a link between AICM employees and members of the Sinaloa Cartel, which in that year was the organization with the most control of the place.
Not only in the capital.
The Intelligence Division of the Federal Police conducted an investigation for one year. In July 2012, he identified that part of his personnel assigned to the airport in Mexico City operated for organized crime; a year earlier, a Beltran Leyva cell was identified, dedicated to recruit mules to transport cash to Colombia.
The assurances of banned substances have also been registered in other air terminals in the country.
In March 2016, at the Cancun International Airport, Quintana Roo, a woman was detained with three kilograms of cocaine hidden in a double bottom of her luggage.
Just last month, the Federal Police arrested a woman in the terminal in Guadalajara, Jalisco, who had ingested 22 capsules with drugs. In October, at the same airport another person was arrested with 41 capsules inside.
For the transfer of drugs also use other forms: in the International Airport of Tijuana, Baja California, were secured two crosses of wood and plaster in which nine kilograms of glass were hidden.
In August, at the Mérida Airport, Yucatán, elements of the Federal Police - supported by canine binomials - detected a box with 25 nozzles for electronic cigarettes with cannabis oil extract.
A mule was placed in the International Terminal of Tijuana with a kilo of synthetic drug stuck between her legs. That same month, in July 2017, the Federal Police arrested a passenger from Panama, at the Cancun airport, as his suitcase was carrying cocaine.
The lines of investigation of the Federal Police and the PGR continue to be open and, although they have made different assurances, drug shipments continue to pass through Mexican airports.
REPORT OF THE FEDERAL POLICE
-Report indicates that Colombian organizations and cartels such as Sinaloa, Jalisco Nueva Generación and Beltrán Leyva have expanded their criminal networks in the country's airports.
-The presence of criminal groups in the terminals takes more than 20 years. The detainees have used companies such as
Copa Airlines, Iberia, Volaris, Air France, Aeromexico and Mexicana de Aviación.
-The flights in which there have been arrests come mainly from countries such as the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Spain.
- The capos often hire mules, people who enter drugs in their suitcases and even ingested.
-Among the arrests made in the AICM is that of a woman who had swallowed 22 sausages stuffed with drugs.
-In August 2016, the PGR secured 100 US cartridges for antiaircraft use in the capital, hidden in boxes of auto-stereos.
Re: This is how the narco networks operate in Mexican airports
I have always been curious how Ivan got out of the PVR airport that early morning after the kidnapping (also how he got in , which I think plays a credit in the whereabouts). It’s a small airport, that private planes are allowed to come and go, but secure and within kilometers of a naval base.