Mexican Cartel has $5 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized in California

By Alex A. Alonso Staff Writer
October 25, 2011 | 5:15 p.m.

51 Kilos of Cocaine siezed by the INCA Task Force, October 20, 2011

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today the seizure of more than 50 kilos of cocaine last week worth $5 million. The undercover operation targeted the Guadalajara Cartel of Mexico, an organized crime syndicate that has been accused of smuggling methamphetamine and cocaine into California through Tijuana.

Department of Justice special agents from the Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force (INCA) conducted an undercover sting operation into the cartel’s drug trafficking activities. An undercover agent arranged to purchase cocaine from two individuals associated with the cartel. Last Thursday, at a prearranged meeting in a parking lot in Bellflower, agents arrested the two men and seized 42 kilos of cocaine and seized an additional 9 kilos of cocaine at a stash house in Bell Gardens.

Giovani Flores-Arias of Sinaloa, Mexico and Rene Guerrero of Indio, CA, were arrested and booked at the Long Beach Police Department. Flores is being held without bail and Guerrero is being held on $2 million bail.

The operation is the latest in a series of multiple DOJ-led operations targeting what is being identified as transnational gangs but are more accurately Mexican-based organized crime groups that have been smuggling drugs into the southwest United States for over 30-years. The local gang members that have been arrested in previous operations are actually the bottom-level distributors responsible for selling the drugs to the actual user. They are not involved in the cultivation, transportation or large scale distribution of any of the scheduled one drugs, but nevertheless, these bottom level dealers have been prosecuted with the same rigor, receiving log-term prison sentences for peddling small quantities of narcotics.

The Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force (INCA) is one of 52 California Department of Justice-led task forces that is part of the continued war on drugs, to address gang-related activity and drug trafficking challenges in the State.

If convicted, the two men each face a maximum of 25 years in state prison.

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2 Comments for “Mexican Cartel has $5 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized in California”

  1. Things are to crazy now

  2. laSVegAZ

    whatZ 13 doing faCEdOWN….

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