Firearm and international drug trafficking were targeted between Texas and Mexico, announced by DEA Dallas Field Division. The operations were carried out by Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), and the efforts to target the crime was carried out since October of 2018 to June of 2020 throughout Texas.
Several large Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) drug trafficking cells were targeted during the operations Two Birds and Trap Mansion. The CJNG also smuggled firearms and were responsible for conducting acts of kidnapping, violence and extortions in Mexico.
Special Agent in Charge Eduardo Chavez of the DEA Dallas Field Division mentioned that these criminals could not hide for long, and their crime’s result is getting confiscated and losing their lavish lifestyle. He also thanked the law enforcement for arresting 90 individuals involved in similar acts.
With the agencies efforts, 96 offenders are charged for drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms, money laundering, and other crimes. Forty-nine firearms were seized which included several AR-15 rifles, and many other weapons stolen from local Texans. The law enforcement also targeted 19.3 kilograms of heroin, 511.9 kilograms of methamphetamine, 800 grams of fentanyl, 67 kilograms of marijuana, 40 kilograms of cocaine, 19 kilograms of controlled pharmaceuticals, and around $6.6 million in assets.
The agencies will work together with law enforcement agencies to get rid of these illegal drugs and firearms trafficking and punish them accordingly, as mentioned by United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, Stephen J. Cox. Several sheriff’s offices and police departments were also involved in these operations.
These operations were a part of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), which is a joint state, federal plan to fight against drug trafficking and other major crime related to national and regional drug trafficking.