Caen in Madrid four members of the Sinaloa cartel, including an alleged cousin who was called “the biggest drug dealer in the world”
Agents of the Spanish National Police in a joint effort with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) U.S. aborted an attempt of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman of settling in Europe, said the body Spanish security.
In a statement, said they were detained in the center of Madrid four members of the Sinaloa cartel, including a cousin of it called “the biggest drug dealer in the world”, who had chosen Spain as a platform to launch their operations in the Old Continent .
He stressed that Spain was to be used as a major gateway for shipments of narcotics.
He said that at the end of July was intercepted at the Port of Algeciras container carrying 373 kilograms of cocaine that the organization was preparing to distribute in different parts of Europe.
After this, Jesus Gutierrez Guzman (cousin of “Shorty”), Rafael Humberto Valenzuela Celaya, Samuel and Jesus Gonzalo Valenzuela Zazueta Palazuelos Soto were arrested near their hotels in the capital.
The operation “Dark Waters” was launched in May 2009 by the FBI office in Boston (Massachusetts) about the illegal activities of the Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as “El Chapo” Guzman.
The Sinaloa cartel is considered the largest criminal organization in the world, and generates income millionaires, mainly drug trafficking proceeds.
The statement noted that the success of the operation was made possible by the use by agents of the most modern research techniques, which always have been supervised by judges and prosecutors.
He explained that in October 2010, agents of the FBI and the Organized Crime Squad Central National Police maintained the first operational meetings to be aware that the organization was planning to settle in Spain to expand their criminal activities in Europe.
Then they remembered the strategic operational which was to be based research.
These measures were embodied in a letter rogatory, delivered to the Special Narcotics Prosecutor the Court and submitted to the Central Court of Instruction number five.
He announced that the bulk of the investigations was developed primarily in the United States.
FBI agents learned that the cartel members had planned to go to Spain, a journey made in March 2011 and the Spanish police found them at that time in Madrid and are closely monitored to ensure their full identification.
By exchanging information with the FBI investigation learned that they intended to initiate major cocaine shipments by sea, hidden in cargo containers declared legal.
Large adopted security measures to ensure the success of operations, and sent several containers without any drug.
Finally sent its first cargo on a ship from Brazil. The container, which was intercepted in late July at the Port of Algeciras, 373 kilograms of cocaine concealed.
On the records kept in the rooms where they were staying mobile phones were seized, five thousand 500 dollars, nearly three thousand euros, four thousand Mexican pesos and documentation yet to be explored.
The detainees, aged between 37 and 52 years and Mexican, were wanted by U.S. judicial authorities for drug trafficking and money laundering, among other crimes. The High Court ordered his imprisonment.