U.S., Colombia, and Mexico Seize 41 Million Dollars of Drug Money

By Dialogo
September 30, 2009

More than 41 million dollars was seized in Colombia and Mexico in several anti-drug operations carried out by the authorities of these countries together with the United States in September, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced. The money was seized in operations carried out from the 9th to the 15th of September in the ports of Buenaventura in Colombia and Manzanillo in Mexico, traditional locations used for the shipment of drugs to the United States and the remittal of cash to Colombia, according to a statement issued by ICE. ICE head John Morton highlighted the cooperation among the three countries that resulted in these significant operations. “This seizure of more than 41 million dollars has surely put a dent in the illegal activities” of the drug traffickers, he indicated. The director of the Colombian National Police, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, welcomed the joint seizures, affirming that the Mexican and U.S. governments are “our best allies in the fight against organized crime.” The money recovered in Manzanillo and Buenaventura was hidden in bags containing chemical products, inside shipping containers.