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Garza: Large-Scale Operations Against Drug Trafficking Organizations Are a Key Step Towards Giving the Mexican People the Security they Deserve

Mexico City, October 19 – “Yesterday, in one of the largest operations of its type ever executed in Mexican history, Mexican PGR and AFI agents targeted two major money laundering organizations and arrested 12 of its alleged members, including two individuals who are wanted by authorities in the United States. Items seized included one armored and 21 non-armored vehicles, a boat, two jet-skis, 4 firearms, plus ammunition, and small quantities of cocaine, marijuana, and pseudoephedrine,” said Garza.

“Information and assistance from the United States was an important component of this dynamic operation,” he added.

“The arrests made in Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Tala, in the state of Jalisco, demonstrate how law enforcement agents on both sides of the border are working together to make Americans and Mexicans safer. Our success following a three year operation involving the PGR, AFI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, show how patience and smart policing always pay off.

“The tentacles of the organization whose alleged members are now in custody reached as far as Alabama, Illinois, California, Oregon, and Texas, and involved the smuggling of methamphetamine, cocaine, and other illegal drugs into the United States.

“Mexico’s PGR and AFI agents deserve our respect and congratulations for the professionalism they displayed in carrying out this complex operation. We hope that the individuals wanted for crimes in the United States can be extradited, so their victims will have justice in accordance with U.S. law,” Garza added.

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