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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    NEW YORK -- The alleged leader of a Mexican drug cartel, MSO, is expected to be arraigned at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn later today on charges that he imported tens of thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the United States, according to a statement from the United States District Attorney's Office.

    Tirso Martinez-Sanchez, a Mexican native, was arrested in Mexico on Feb. 2, 2014 and was extradited from Mexico to the United States on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.

    As the alleged leader of "an extensive transnational narcotics importation, distribution, and transportation organization" Martinez-Sanchez is said to have obtained multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombian sources; organized importing the drugs into the United States using a transportation network that included trains and tractor trailers; and directed cartel members to transport the cocaine to large distribution centers, including some located in the Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago metropolitan areas.

    During the course of the investigation, agents allegedly seized approximately 500 kilograms of cocaine from a residence in Deer Park, New York; 2,000 kilograms of the drug from a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York; 2,000 kilograms hidden inside a railroad car in Queens, New York; 1,100 kilograms of cocaine from a warehouse in El Paso, Texas; and 1,900 kilograms of cocaine from a warehouse in Chicago, Illinois.

    Martinez-Sanchez allegedly directed cartel members to coordinate storing the drugs in a large network of stash warehouses by purchasing and leasing numerous front companies, which were also used to buy vehicles to transport the drugs to a distributor who sold throughout New York and other states, including California and Illinois, the U.S. Attorney's Office alleges.

    Martinez-Sanchez also supposedly oversaw collection of the organization's proceeds from the drug sales, which were allegedly stored in stash-houses and some it moved out of the country using the same transportation network of tractor trailers and trains used to smuggle the cocaine in.

    The proceeds were then laundered through business ventures, such as the purchase of professional soccer teams, and a chain of high-end clothing boutiques, as well as invested back into the purchase of lease of stash-houses, vehicles to transport the drugs and front businesses, according to the allegations.

    In addition to coordinating the distribution of his own organization's cocaine, Martinez- Sanchez also allegedly transported and distributed narcotics for members of other Mexican drug cartels, including the Sinaloa Cartel, led by CPOTs Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Ismael "Mayo" Zambada; the Juarez Cartel, led by CPOT Vicente Carillo-Fuentes and the Beltran- Leyva Cartel, led by brothers Arturo, Hector and Alfredo Beltran-Leyva.

    Martinez-Sanchez had been designated a Consolidated Priority Organization Target by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

    The Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York Office, led the investigation working with the HSI Mexico Country Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, the DEA Mexico Country Office and the Department of Justice's Office of International Affairs.

    "The charges announced today reflect our ongoing efforts to target and dismantle the largest drug trafficking organizations in the world, whose multi-billion dollar criminal networks funnel drugs onto our streets and spread violence into our communities," U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers said in a statement. "We will continue to work together with our law enforcement partners in Mexico to root out the leaders of these insidious cartels wherever they may be found and bring them to justice."

    CBS News/Dec. 18, 2015
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Diverboone
    He probably become too much competition for the Cocaine Importation Administration, also known as the CIA.

    These reports have become common place in the evening news. But in reality, what has been accomplished? There are many more willing to step into his shoes as the next cartel leader. The U S Government spent millions of dollars pursuing Pablo Escobar and his top lieutenants, and finally succeeded in exterminating most of these men. What was the return for such a large investment? A splitting/dismantling of the Medellín Cartel. Question is, just how successful is an operation that dismantles one cartel only to have multiple other cartels rise from it's ruins?

    Edgar Valdez-Villarreal and Carlos Montemayor Gonzalez, arrested in Mexico in 2010, are alleged to be high-level members of Mexico’s Beltran-Leyva Cartel. They were indicted in the Northern District of Georgia in June 2010.

    An allegedly high-ranking leader of one of Mexico’s largest drug cartels, whose father allegedly heads a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel and is among Mexico’s most powerful drug kingpins, was extradited 2010 from Mexico to face federal narcotics trafficking conspiracy charges in the United States. Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla is believed to be one of the most significant Mexican drug defendants extradited from Mexico to the United States since Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the accused leader of the notorious Gulf Cartel, was extradited in 2007.

    José Rodrigo Aréchiga-Gamboa, commonly referred to by his alias "El Chino Ántrax,” was arrested in the Netherlands and extradited to the United States by Dutch authorities in July 2014

    Vasquez Hernandez, who was extradited from Mexico in 2012, pleaded guilty in 2014 to participating in the Sinaloa Cartel drug distribution conspiracy between May 2005 and December 2009

    One of the alleged leaders of the Beltran Leyva Organization, Alfredo Beltran Leyva a Mexican drug-trafficking cartel leader responsible for importing multi-ton quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States, was extradited to the United States from Mexico on Nov. 15, 2014

    Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez, 23, of Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico,the current head of the Mexican drug trafficking organization, the Gulf Cartel, or Cartel del Golfo was arrested by federal agents on Oct. 9, 2014 while shopping in Edinburg, Texas

    Jose Rodrigo Arechiga-Gamboa, also known as “Chino Antrax,” was formally extradited to the United States by the Netherlands 2014. Arechiga-Gamboa rose to become one of the highest-level leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.

    2014 extradition ofColombian Narcotics Kingpin DANIEL Barrera Barrera, also known as “Loco,” a citizen of Colombia, to the U.S. on charges that for decades he manufactured hundreds of tons of cocaine annually in Colombia and trafficked it to various parts of the world, including the U.S., and laundered tens of millions of dollars in proceeds from that narcotics trafficking activity.

    2013 Torres-Martinez was extradited from Colombia to the Middle District of Florida to face these charges. According to the indictment, from an unknown date until August 20, 2008, Martinez-Torres and his drug trafficking organization (“DTO”) transported large quantities of cocaine in vessels dispatched off the Northern coast of Colombia. Martinez-Torres was the lead operative for the DTO “Los Urabeños,” which controls Northern Colombia’s drug trade.

    2012 Eduardo Arellano-Felix, 55, one of the alleged members of the Arellano-Felix Organization (AFO), was extradited by the government of Mexico to the United States to face racketeering, money laundering, and narcotics trafficking charges in the Southern District of California. "The extradition of Eduardo Arellano-Felix marks the end of a 20 year DEA investigation into this vicious drug cartel"

    2012 Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the extradition of Dolly De Jesus Cifuentes-Villa from Colombia to the United States to face separate charges in both the Southern District of New York and the Southern District of Florida. She is charged with conspiring to import multi-ton quantities of cocaine into the United States.

    2012 Armando Villareal Heredia, aka Gordo Villareal, was successfully extradited from Mexico to the United States to face federal racketeering and drug charges in the Southern District of California. According to the indictment, Villareal was one of the top leaders of this criminal organization, which evolved from the now-defunct Arellano-Felix Organization and is headed by the nephew of Benjamin and Javier Arellano-Felix.

    2011 Aurelio Cano-Flores, aka “Yankee” and “Yeyo,” a high-ranking member of the Mexican Gulf Cartel, has been extradited to the United States from Mexico to face drug conspiracy charges

    Alleged Mexican drug kingpin Esteban Rodriguez-Olivera was extradited from Mexico to the United States on Friday, March 11, 2011

    Three defendants facing federal narcotics charges in Chicago being extradited from Mexico, federal law enforcement officials announced. All three were arrested in Mexico in May 2006 during a Mexican law enforcement raid on a laboratory in Toluca, Mexico, where synthetic fentanyl allegedly was being produced for importation into the United States where it was sold as a substitute for, or was purported to be, heroin[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1].[/SIZE][/FONT]Oscar Jacobo Rivera-Peralta, 38; Ricardo Valdez-Torres, 56; and Alfredo Molina-Garcia, 45 Rivera-Peralta, also known as “Jacobo;” Valdez-Torres, aka “Cerebro” and “The Cooker,” and Molina-Garcia, aka “Guero,” were among 13 defendants who were indicted in 2007 for allegedly participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy between 2001 and May 2006 to possess and distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin and more than 400 grams of fentanyl.

    Extradition of EDER PEDRAZA-PENA, a/k/a "Don Ramon", on charges that he conspired to import cocaine into the United States and to engage in maritime narcotics smuggling. PEDRAZA-PENA, 45, a citizen of Colombia and former commander in a right-wing Colombian paramilitary drug organization, arrived in the United States Thursday, November 18, 2010

    Extradition from Mexico of Felipe DOMINGUEZ-Vargas, a purported member of the Juarez Drug Cartel. August 16, 2010,

    CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL COKE, a/k/a "Michael Christopher Coke," a/k/a "Paul Christopher Scott," a/k/a "Presi," a/k/a "General," a/k/a "President," a/k/a "Duddus," a/k/a "Shortman," arrived last night, June 24, 2010 in the Southern District of New York to face charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine and conspiracy to illegally traffic in firearms. COKE was arrested by Jamaican authorities on June 22, 2010, near Kingston, Jamaica, after a five-week pursuit by local authorities. COKE waived his right to judicial extradition proceedings in Jamaica and subsequently was transferred to the custody of the DEA and U.S. Marshals Service for transport to the United States June 25, 2010.

    Pedro Antonio Bermudez, also known as “El Arquitecto,” was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., following his extradition on June 15, 2010, from Mexico to the United States on charges of participating in an international drug trafficking conspiracy. The charges against Bermudez are contained in two separate indictments filed in the Eastern District of New York and the District of Columbia. The indictment filed in the Eastern District of New York charges Bermudez with working in Mexico as the intermediary for shipments of large quantities of cocaine sent by Luis Hernando Gomez Bustamante, one of the leaders of the Norte Valle Cartel, to various Mexican cartel leaders. As alleged in the indictment, from 1990 through 2007, Bustamante and his organization sent multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico by speed boats, fishing vessels, and other maritime conveyances and airplanes, for ultimate delivery to the United States. Between 1990 and the present, the Norte del Valle Cartel allegedly exported more than 1.2 million pounds - or 500 metric tons - of cocaine, worth in excess of $10 billion, from Colombia to the United States, the vast majority of which moved through Mexico. Bustamante pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of New York on June 26, 2008, and is awaiting sentence.

    Juan Jose Quintero-Payan, 68, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, has been extradited to Texas to face charges. [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]2002, [/SIZE][/FONT]Quintero was arrested in Mexico. Quintero fought against his extradition for eight years. On Friday, April 23, 2010, Quintero was extradited by Mexico and transported to San Antonio in the company of U.S. agents. The indictment alleges Quintero was the leader of a criminal enterprise whose operations spanned from South America and Mexico to the United States and the Cayman Islands during the years of approximately 1978 to 2002.

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1] 2010 [/SIZE][/FONT]Mexico extradited drug kingpin Oscar Arriola to Colorado to face drug charges. Oscar Arriola was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Colorado on December 16, 2003. On June 2, 2005, Oscar Arriola, his brother Miguel Arriola, and the Arriola organization were designated through the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, often referred to as the “Drug Kingpin Act.” Oscar Arriola was arrested in Mexico on February 2, 2006, and has been in Mexican custody pending extradition to the U.S. ever since. Oscar Arriola’s brother, Miguel Arriola, was extradited from Mexico to the United States in January of 2007. Miguel Arriola has previously pled guilty of drug trafficking crimes in Colorado, and awaits sentencing.

    Is it just me or is the U S exerting a huge effort just to get no where?
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