US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents recently seized 400 packages of methamphetamine worth $1.1 million at the Arizona-Mexico border—the largest in the history of the Nogales port of entry. Authorities are concerned this shipment was a signal from one of two large Mexican drug cartels that they are not fading from the drug smuggling scene any time soon.
According to Business Insider, on February 5, CBP agents stopped a tractor-trailer hauling bell peppers that was attempting to cross at the Mariposa Commercial Facility, then pulled the meth packages out of the trailer’s front wall and rear doors. The driver, Juan Rodolfo Lugo Urias, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents.
While many smaller drug smuggling gangs operate in Mexico’s northern Sonora state near Nogales, the sheer size of the drug load is an indicator it was likely arranged by the dominant drug cartel in the region—the notorious Sinaloa Federation, formerly under the control of recently re-captured kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.” The Sinaloa cartel has been involved in border skirmishes in recent years with the Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO), which used to be a Federation ally but broke away in 2008. The BLO is a shadow of its former self, but still maintains a small operation in competition with the Sinaloa cartel south of Arizona.
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