#AceNewsReport – Dec.07: The final defendant in United States v. Felix-Ramirez, et al, an eighteen-defendant indictment combatting the activities of a transnational drug trafficking organisation, was sentenced to prison Nov. 25, by Senior U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson: All defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
“This successful operation highlights the importance of our federal law enforcement partnerships and the unique investigative authorities of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI),” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) HSI Phoenix: “The west desert portion of the border poses various environmental challenges; however when federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement bands together, we send a clear message to the cartel: You will not operate on the border with impunity.”
Multiple agencies participated in the investigation, dubbed Operation Rocky Top 2, as part of the Native American Targeted Investigation of Violent Enterprises (NATIVE) Task Force: Operation Rocky Top 2 determined that the drug trafficking organization, which had ties to the Sinaloa Cartel, exploited the remote location and extended U.S.-Mexico border within the Tohono O’Odham Nation.
To move large quantities of marijuana from Mexico into the United States, the drug trafficking organization relied heavily on a sophisticated network of mountaintop scouts who used high-powered binoculars, radios, and cellular telephones to guide marijuana backpackers around law enforcement agents working in the area: The drug trafficking organization delivered necessary supplies to the scouts so they could remain in strategic mountaintop locations for extended time periods.
Operation Rocky Top 2 successfully identified and targeted specific scouting locations and those individuals providing support to the scouts: Agents seized approximately 4,350 pounds of marijuana tied to cartel scouts during the investigation.
#AceNewsDesk reports ………….Published: Dec.07: 2019: Read Full ICE Report Here: Ace Daily News Telegram: [Dec 7, 2019 at 22:52] https://t.me/acenewsdaily/206610 OR via Ace Worldwide News Group https://ift.tt/38djnhj
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