Batteries/Drug Trafficking 050630
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) dismantles heroin and cocaine cartel using batteries to smuggle illegal drugs. A large-scale heroin and cocaine trafficking organization that typically shipped multi-kilogram amounts of Colombian heroin hidden in car batteries from Guatemala to Mexico and the United States is now out of business, according to DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy. “Operation Jump Start” represents a first for DEA: Disrupting an established trend involving the flow of Colombian heroin on a special route from Guatemala through Mexico to Texas and eventually to New York and other parts of the United States. Karen Tandy notes that “Law enforcement has drug traffickers on the run, forcing them to find new routes and smuggling methods.” About 100 arrests have been made to date. Additional details can be found on the DEA Public Affairs website.