The Special Agent in Charge of the DEA office in Phoenix, Douglas Coleman, said that this pathway provides opportunities for the Sinaloa cartel smuggling
More than half the money from drug sales in the United States passes into Mexico crossing through the Arizona border, said sources with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) before a subcommittee of Congress.
53 percent of drug money seized in fiscal year 2011 along the entire border with Mexico was seized by ICE in Arizona, said the special agent in charge of the Office of the entity in Phoenix, Matthew Allen.
To the members of the Subcommittee on Border Security and Maritime House, said intelligence information shows that profits are sent to Mexico for the same area where the cartels exercise dominion and control.
The Sinaloa Cartel “is the dominant criminal element” south of the Arizona border in the Mexican state of Sonora, Allen said the congressmen led by Rep. Ben Quayle.
“For this reason, we believe that Arizona serves as a consolidation of the gains that the Sinaloa cartel gets from selling drugs,” the federal official.
Allen added that about 23 percent of drugs seized along the entire border with Mexico during the past fiscal year entered through Arizona.
He said that during that period, ICE seized in this state 139 tonnes of marijuana, 2.4 tonnes of cocaine, 589 kilos of methamphetamine and 192 kilos of heroin.
The Special Agent in Charge of the DEA office in Phoenix, Douglas Coleman, said during his participation in the hearing that the border of Arizona provides many opportunities for smuggling the Sinaloa cartel , their desolate desert areas.
“This corridor is a” primary zone “of transfer of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana destined for the United States,” said Coleman.
“The cities of Phoenix and Tucson are home to large scale organizations responsible for the supply of illicit drugs to distribution cells throughout the United States”, he said.
At the hearing attended by the director of the Arizona National Guard, Jose Santos, and the director of research at the Department of Public Safety Arizona, Jeffery Stanhope.
Also offered their testimony, Elizabeth Kempshall, Arizona director of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and Jay F. Nunamaker Jr. Borders program director at the University of Arizona.