Monday, February 18, 2019
Illegals BUSTED in Mexican Cartel-Linked DRUG Operation in US
Six illegal immigrants have been arrested in a massive drug operation in North Carolina with ties to a Mexican drug cartel — a rival of the notorious ring led by recently convicted Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, according to reports.
Working under the Jalisco New Generation cartel, the six men allegedly ran an elaborate drug-trafficking operation in which large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine were transported across state lines, WSOC reported.
The feds identified them as Oscar Rangel-Gutierrez, Regulo Rangel-Gutierrez, Francisco Garcia-Martinez, Rodolfo Martinez, Raul Rangel-Gutierrez and Rigoberto Rangel-Gutierrez.
The probe that led to the bust began in March 2018, when a confidential informant told the feds they had been working for the upstart Jalisco cartel for several years and transported large amounts of money from drug-trafficking sales, court documents stated.
Officials said the confidential informant worked with Oscar Rangel-Guitirrez, who said he would transport 30 kilos of coke and large quantities of meth from Texas to Georgia and North Carolina.
“Members of the investigative team believe — based on wire intercepts, surveillance and other facts discovered from the investigation — that Oscar and Regulo transport illicit proceeds, derived from the sales of narcotics, when they travel from Myrtle Beach to Charlotte,” WMBF reported, citing court documents.
On Jan. 18, authorities witnessed Oscar and Regulo drive from their work site in Myrtle Beach Charlotte to meet with the confidential informant in Charlotte, where they discussed obtaining cocaine, according to documents.
Then on Jan. 22, a sedan with South Carolina tags and registered to Garcia-Martinez was used to transport $80,000 — a payment for 3 kilos of coke — from Myrtle Beach to Houston, the criminal complaint said.
Misty Joyner, who lives near the home in east Charlotte where agents said Oscar Rangel-Gutierrez stored drug proceeds, said she could not believe her neighbors are potentially involved
“Just devastating,” Joyner told WSOC. “They were good people.”
Last year, the human rights group Justice in Mexico reported that the Jalisco New Generation cartel began gaining power after the arrest of El Chapo, who was found guilty by a Brooklyn jury of running the bloodthirsty Sinaloa drug cartel.