Sinaloa cartel uses diversty in Houston area recruiting

Houston Chronicle:

Dozens of federal agents, police and sheriff's deputies Tuesday swept through Harris County and arrested 28 alleged members of a drug-trafficking conspiracy with ties to Mexico's Sinaloa cartel.

Thirty-two others were captured in Galveston, Fort Bend, Brazoria and other neighboring counties.

The operation was code-named Agent Orange for the East Texas county where the investigation began two years ago with a tip from low-level dealers who wanted leniency.

It culminated Tuesday with the arrests of mostly Houston residents for alleged roles in a cocaine and methamphetamine-smuggling operation that used this city as a hub for infiltrating the United States.

The ring was unique in the world of drug trafficking as it stretched across ethnic lines, according to authorities.

People with first names such as Jesus and Omar are accused of doing business with Mohammad, Shannon, Heather and Ken.

"It is quite unusual actually," said Malcolm Bales, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. "It is kind of a United Nations of drug trafficking."

Authorities noted those arrested included Mexicans, Hondurans, Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, Anglos and at least one Pakistani and one Israeli citizen.


In Mexico the Sinaloa are a rough crowd. I suspect they are not as interested in diversity there. This group was very service oriented making cross town deliveries. While the dynamics of this group was unusual, it will be interesting to see how the cartel responds to its loss.


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