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Millions Seized In Tijuana Said To Belong To Sinaloa Cartel

Aired 11/22/11 on KPBS News.

More than $15 million said to belong to the powerful Sinaloa cartel has been seized in Tijuana. This is the second largest cash seizure since 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon started to aggressively go after the drug cartels.

Mexican soldiers stand guard around the seizure of more than $15 million in T...
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Above: Mexican soldiers stand guard around the seizure of more than $15 million in Tijuana, said to belong to the Sinaloa cartel.

— The $15 million -- along with a cache of cocaine, weapons and jewelry found inside a vehicle in a wealthy Tijuana neighborhood -- are said to have belonged to the Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, the most notorious of all cartel leaders active today. No arrests were made.

Ricardo Trevilla Trejo, a spokesperson for Mexico's National Defense Department or SEDENA, spoke to reporters in Mexico City.

"This seizure was a result of months of analysis and follow-up work by our local law enforcement agencies in Tijuana," said Trevilla Trejo. "This operation came as a total surprise to everyone."

Trevilla Trejo added that this seizure was part of a larger campaign, exposing in less than five months a drug-trafficking tunnel in Tijuana and one of the largest marijuana plantations ever found in the state of Baja California.

The seized money will go back to the Mexican Attorney General's office.

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Satariel | November 23, 2011 at 9:13 a.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

And this is why we will not stop the flow of drugs into America. We are making too much money off of the cash seizures. That is also why they are making medical pot illegal again, because they want more cash moving across our northern border so they can take their cut. The USA could stop the flow of drugs across the border if they wanted to.

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