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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    From a press release. More details at DEA's website. No linky since its gov't L.E. site

    DEA Announces Largest Single U.S. Strike Against Mexican Drug Cartels
    Project Coronado results in 1,186 arrests and huge drug and money seizures against one of the world's most violent drug cartels


    OCT 22 - WASHINGTON – DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart joined Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials today to announce the results of "Project Coronado", a 44-month multi-agency law enforcement investigation which targeted the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and ATF Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson also participated in the announcement.

    DEA Announces Largest Single U.S. Strike Against Mexican Drug Cartels
    Project Coronado results in 1,186 arrests and huge drug and money seizures against one of the world's most violent drug cartels


    OCT 22 - WASHINGTON – DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart joined Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials today to announce the results of "Project Coronado", a 44-month multi-agency law enforcement investigation which targeted the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and ATF Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson also participated in the announcement.

    Yesterday and today, 303 individuals in 19 states were arrested in a series of takedowns through coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement. More than 3,000 agents and officers operated across the United States to make the arrests during the two-day takedown. 62 kilograms of cocaine, 729 pounds of methamphetamine, 967 pounds of marijuana, 144 weapons, 109 vehicles, 2 clandestine drug labs were also seized in the past two days.

    “Project Coronado, our massive assault on the La Familia Cartel, is part of our continued fight against all of the powerful Mexico-based drug cartels,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “This organization, the newest of Mexican cartels, is directly responsible for a vast majority of the methamphetamine pouring into our country across our Southwest Border, and has had a hand in fueling the cycle of violence that is wracking Mexico today. DEA, along with our U.S. and Mexican partners, are committed to strategically attacking the international and domestic drug trade with every tool at our disposal, and defeating those that thrive on the suffering of others.”

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  1. dyingtomorrow
    Great job! Now a ton of people will just die while the power vacuum is filled, meanwhile the drug supply to the U.S. will remain basically the same.
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    La Familia Michoacana "Fact Sheet" from USDOJ / DEA uploaded to File Archive

    A PDF map of "operation Coronado" has been uploaded to Archives


    Theres also some video footage on the DEA website of aerial surveillance in the case...
  3. Terrapinzflyer
    Inland Empire called transport hub in drug arrests


    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—More than two dozen people were arrested in Southern California as part of the largest single strike at Mexican drug operations in the United States, authorities said Thursday, calling it an illustration of how methamphetamine production has shifted south of the border in recent years.

    The swath of suburbs east of Los Angeles was once a magnet for "mom-and-pop" production labs but they are being replaced by Mexican suppliers with distribution networks in the United States, authorities said.

    Now, the Inland Empire is a stop along the way for Mexican drugs destined for cities including Atlanta and Chicago, perhaps because it is home to three interstate highways, said Stephen Azzam, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's assistant special agent in charge in Riverside.

    "For some reason this area here seems to be a real flashpoint for Mexican organizations transporting it back to the east coast," he said at a news conference in San Bernardino.

    Nationwide, more than 300 people were arrested in an operation that demonstrates a young Mexican cartel's vast reach north of the border. Arrests of alleged members of the "La Familia" gang took place in 38 cities, from Boston to Seattle and Tampa, Fla., to St. Paul, Minn., in 19 states.

    In the Inland Empire, where an investigation began in 2008, authorities arrested 25 people, seized 156 pounds of methamphetamine, 22 weapons and about $111,000, authorities said. Suspects will be charged in state court with offenses including possession of drugs and weapons.

    Most of the suspects in the Inland Empire are illegal immigrants from Mexico who came to the United States to work for La Familia, Azzam said.

    Authorities are still searching for 25 suspects, said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Lt. Hector Guerra.

    A federal indictment unsealed in Los Angeles against five defendants says one distributed methamphetamine and cocaine in California, Kansas and Minnesota. It alleges that one packed the secret compartment of a Toyota Avalon with a methamphetamine in April for a trip from Arleta, Calif., to Dallas.

    Michael Braun, who retired as the DEA's chief of operations last year, said thousands of small methamphetamine labs were shut down in the United States a few years ago. They have been replaced by La Familia's "superlabs" in Mexico, which can produce 100 pounds of methamphetamine in eight hours.


    By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press Writer
    Posted: 10/22/2009 02:07:15 PM PDT

    http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_13619585?nclick_check=1

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    Emphasis on last line mine
  4. Terrapinzflyer
    Epic Meth Bust No Surprise To GA Experts

    ATLANTA -- Some people may have been stunned by the raid on a meth lab in Lawrenceville run by a Mexican drug cartel. It was part of a nationwide sweep officials called the largest single strike at Mexican drug operations in the United States.

    But experts here in Georgia say it is just another indication of a growing problem that is out of control. A consortium of business leaders and corporations called the Georgia Meth Project are attacking a problem that is costing the state billions of dollars.

    Officials say the lab in the middle class neighborhood was operated by the Mexican drug cartel La Familia. It was one of the largest meth labs federal agents have ever seen. Authorities' seized 188 pounds of crystal meth, 17 kilos of cocaine, 13 guns and $50,000.

    The Georgia Meth Project is going to launch a massive public service campaign after the first of the year to prevent first time use of meth. It's targeted toward young people. Jim Langford, the Executive Director of the Georgia Meth Project says the problem continues to get worse and continues to grow.

    "When you see an operation that large, a manufacturing operation that large, with finished product ready to go out to the market place it tells you a couple of things," Langford said. "It tells you that there's a high demand for the drug and it shows you that these cartels are finding that they need to move their manufacturing closer to the source (users)."

    Georgia has the third worst meth problem of any other state in terms of numbers of meth users. According to a study by the Rand Corporation meth use costs the state 1.3-billion a year. The study found that methamphetamine abuse imposes a significant and disproportionate burden on both individuals and society in money spent on treatment, healthcare, foster care services as well as the costs of crime and lost productivity.

    Langford says methamphetamine is more devastating than any other drug. "It is more frightening in terms of the effect on the body, its affect on the brain and its affect on the community and families," he said.

    According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy 32% of federal drug offenses in Georgia in 2007 involved methamphetamine. For the last five years methamphetamine has been the fastest growing drug problem in Atlanta, Dalton and Gainesville.


    Kevin Rowson

    http://www.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=136733&catid=3


    news footage uploaded to Video Archive
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