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U.S. Arrests 755 Suspects Allegedly Linked to Sinaloa Cartel

EFE-La Opinin, Posted: Feb 25, 2009

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the arrest of 755 individuals allegedly linked to the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel and the seizure of 23 tons of drugs in a 21-month operation across the United States, reports EFE. Today, authorities arrested 52 people in California, Minnesota and Maryland. U.S. prosecutors consider the Sinaloa cartel to be the largest drug trafficker in Mexico, responsible for trafficking tons of drugs of various kinds into the United States, including cocaine and marijuana, using cells to distribute drugs throughout the country and Canada.The suspects have been accused of various charges related to the traffic of illegal drugs, in addition to money laundering and possession of unlicensed weapons. U.S. authorities have arrested 755 people so far and seized $59.1 million in drug trafficking money and more than 12,000 kilos of cocaine, more than 7,300 kilos of marijuana, 540 kilograms of methamphetamine, 8 kilos of heroin, and approximately 1.3 million pills of Ecstasy.

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