Operation Dark Angel: Mexico's Methamphetamine Drug Cartels
Two of the near top leaders of the Los Zetas drug cartel, one of Mexico's most ruthless, have been arrested in the US. for laundering millions in drug money in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The Zetas bought horse breeding and racing enterprises to launder the drug money from Mexico. They even had a winning race horse, Tempting Dash, that won a race in New Mexico winning one million. Loz Zetas is Mexico's largest, operating in 11 Mexican states and based south of the border near Laredo, Texas.
The US now has issued a travel advisory to all Americans about traveling in Mexico. The Los Zetas usually retaliate and it is expected that Americans will now be targeted just because they are American.
Outside Guadalajara, Mexico, Mexican police seized methamphetamine worth $1 Billion. Meth is booming as the US makes it harder for legitimate manufacturers to make it. The DEA arrested 20 Mexicans that trafficked the drug across five states. The meth was made in Mexico, sent to California then to Denver where it was distributed across the Midwest. What was more shocking were that the profits- in millions -were sent to California and the cash was then wired to Chinese banks and those in the Caymen islands!
A single shipment of meth of six pounds brought in $715,000. More surprises came, Playboyz Trucking in San Bernardino, Calif., knowingly transported the group's methamphetamine and cash revenues between California and Colorado often hidden in milk cargo. The group conducting this operation bought the meth from Mexican drug cartels like Los Zetas. Much of the money was broken into small amounts just under $10K to avoid the mandatory bank suspicious activity report. This would place a spotlight on the account.
The DEA busted only one of hundreds of operations that sell the drugs in the U.S. made by Mexican cartels. Dark Angel provided much needed light on how the drugs are distributed in America. Just like in movies, a legitimate business may be a "front" for laundering drug money.