DEA Detains Nearly 4,000 Suspected Drug Traffickers in Two Years

By Dialogo
December 11, 2012

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced on December 7 the end of a series of operations against the Mexican cartels of Sinaloa and Juárez, which extended over two years, leaving 3,780 detainees.

Operation “Below the Beltway”, unwrapped in May 2010, was carried out in 79 American, Mexican, Central American, and even European cities, as well as other continents, the DEA informed in its statement.

Law enforcement authorities from those countries seized over six tons of cocaine, 4.5 tons of methamphetamine, 734 kilos of heroin, 150 tons of marihuana, and over $148 million in cash.

“We managed to orchestrate an extensive series of coordinated and aggressive actions in order to weaken these cartels and their partners,” the DEA explained. The operation concluded on December 6.

The Sinaloa and Juárez cartels, originating in northern Mexico, are considered two of the most important and bloodiest violent organizations in the country, which is being affected by a wave of violence that has caused 60,000 deaths in the last six years.